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Comment & Response
May 2018

Avoid Compromises in the Current Opioid Crisis, Using Cautious but Confident Patient Care

Author Affiliations
  • 1School of Medicine, Trinity College Dublin, The University of Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
  • 2School of Medicine, The University of Nottingham, Nottingham, England
  • 3Luton and Dunstable Hospital, Luton and Dunstable Hospital National Health Service Trust, Luton, England
JAMA Ophthalmol. 2018;136(5):595. doi:10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2018.0627

To the Editor We read with interest the work of Patel and Sternberg.1 The authors analyzed the opioid prescribing patterns of ophthalmologists and highlighted data, which is critical in understanding the so-called opioid crisis. We seek to make the case for cautious but confident opioid prescribing.

With the dangers of prescribing opioids ingrained into each and every clinician, the recently emerging data regarding the opioid crisis is concerning. However, it is important to remember that the preoccupation with opioid prescribing poses a threat to adequate pain control. As the current coverage of the crisis reaches unprecedented levels, we risk jeopardizing the beneficial role that these drugs have played in patient care for 2 centuries.

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