Opioid Abuse and Addiction

Anita Gupta, Paul J. Christo

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"The obligations to battle pain and addiction are not mutually exclusive, they are mutually inextricable."12 Abuse of opioids is a serious and increasing problem, particularly among teenagers. Physicians need to be aware of the factors associated with opioids and take steps to mitigate the risk of abuse by individual patients. This includes proper screening and monitoring and the use of emerging agents that will effectively control pain and may be associated with a lower risk of abuse.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)132-134
Number of pages3
JournalJournal for Nurse Practitioners
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2009
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Advanced and Specialized Nursing

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