I feel like a broken record, but another outstanding post from the fantastic Zyp Czyk. Very timely & needed study.
I edited the title because it’s been pointed out that “dependence” isn’t the right word. I knew this but was paraphrasing the article title, which uses that word instead of addiction, even though they are clearly talking about opioid misuse. We can thank the DSM-5 for this confusion.
Aims: To assess the incidence or prevalence of opioid dependence syndrome in adults (with and without previous history of substance abuse) following treatment with opioid analgesics for pain relief.
Spoiler alert from the happy conclusion:
The available evidence suggests that opioid analgesics for chronic pain conditions are not associated with a major risk for developing dependence.
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