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September 16, 1983

Narcotics, Pain, and Clear-Mindedness

JAMA. 1983;250(11):1391-1392. doi:10.1001/jama.1983.03340110015012

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To the Editor.—  It seems that persons inclined toward heavy narcotization of pain in terminal illness also tend to characterize opposition as obsession with an absurd fear of causing addiction. Addiction seems hardly the problem; rather, it is narcotics' immediate effect on clear-mindedness in a person whose dwindling moments render that highest use of the brain ineffably precious.