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Must Do Due Diligence to Safely Treat High-Risk Patients


Some providers do not prescribe opioids to treat pain in patients assessed as being at high risk for medication misuse. However, in some cases, high-risk patients can safely be treated with opioids. In one study, patients with chronic back pain who received opioid therapy were assigned to 1 of 3 groups: (1) low risk of medication misuse; (2) high risk for medication misuse assigned to keep electronic diaries only (high-risk controls); and (3) high risk for medication misuse assigne more...
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