Author Affiliations: Chronic Pain Management Program, Department of Family Medicine, Kaiser Permanente San Diego, Escondido, California (Dr McCarberg); Oregon State University of College of Pharmacy, Corvallis (Dr Hahn); American Academy of Pain Management, Sonora, California (Drs Hahn and Twillman); Oregon Pain Management Commission, Salem, and Bi-Mart Corp, Springfield (Dr Hahn); Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Kansas School of Medicine, Kansas City (Dr Twillman); and Family Medicine Residency Program and Integrative Medicine in Residency (IMR) Program, University of California, San Diego (Dr Hodgkiss-Harlow).
Chronic pain treatment has long been debated within the medical community. In a previous issue of the Archives, Grady and coauthors1 discuss “Opioids for Chronic Pain” and advocate for curtailing high-dose opioid use for chronic pain.
We respectfully challenge the well-intended views expressed in the referenced Editorial, views that may present negative bias about the risk of these medications. In the interest of fair balance, we seek to corroborate truths and challenge misrepresentations.
McCarberg B, Hahn KL, Twillman RK, Hodgkiss-Harlow CJ. A Role for Opioids in Chronic Pain Management. Arch Intern Med. 2012;172(10):824-825. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2012.882