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Medical News and Perspectives
January 17, 2007

Opioid Prescriptions Soar

JAMA. 2007;297(3):249-251. doi:10.1001/jama.297.3.249

Campaigns to make pain control a priority have succeeded in raising patient and physician awareness of the need for analgesics, and now opioid pain medications are among the most prescribed drugs in the United States. However, this positive trend has been shadowed by growing abuse of these powerful medications.

This dichotomy is proving a persistent challenge for physicians, policy makers, and scientists trying to develop better strategies to thwart abuse while continuing to treat pain effectively.

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