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Comment & Response
June 2018

Voluntary Opioid Tapering—Reply

Author Affiliations
  • 1Division of Pain Medicine, Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine, Palo Alto, California
  • 2Richard L. Stieg, LLC, Frisco, Colorado
JAMA Intern Med. 2018;178(6):875. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2018.2112

In Reply We thank Drs Schatman, DiBenedetto, and Kulich for their letter and interest in our study. Their observation about the high opioid doses in the study patients1 only underscores the need for effective methods to compassionately and voluntarily taper patients to safer doses, as well as the goal of our work, which is to begin addressing that need in outpatient settings with limited resources.

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