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Know Risk Factors That Identify Poor Candidates for Opioids

The guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identify concerns providers should have when considering an opioid prescription for a patient. Poor candidates for chronic opioid use are those with sleep apnea or sleep disorders; pregnant women; those with renal insufficiency; people aged >65 years; or people with mental illness or substance abuse disorder. Some risk factors can help you identify high-risk patients during the interview process and include more...
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