Opioids are routinely prescribed for cancer-related pain, but little is known about the prevalence of opioid-related hospitalizations among patients with cancer. Opioid addiction among these patients has been estimated to be as high as 7.7%,1 but our understanding of opioid misuse among patients with cancer is based on small, preliminary studies.2 In light of the wider opioid epidemic, oncologists and palliative care clinicians frequently balance providing patients with legitimate access to opioids while protecting them and the general public from the risks associated with prescribing these medications.3
Chua IS, Leiter RE, Brizzi KT, et al. US National Trends in Opioid-Related Hospitalizations Among Patients With Cancer. JAMA Oncol. 2019;5(5):734–735. doi:10.1001/jamaoncol.2019.0042
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