A great debate has started about the use of opioids in relationship to cancer pain patients.
Painmedicinenews.com reports that in July of 2012, 37 Pain physicians signed a petition calling for the FDA to require ridding the word moderate from opioid treatment for non-cancer pain patients.
The petition wants to limit opioid use for those patients only having severe pain. The petition recommends 100 milligrams of morphine daily for no more than 90 days per patient.
The petition states:
“Unfortunately, many clinicians are under the false impression that chronic opioid therapy (COT) is an evidence-based treatment for chronic noncancer pain and that dose-related toxicities can be avoided by slow upward titration. These misperceptions lead to overprescribing and high dose prescribing.”
In response to opioid use, Arizona Pain Specialists, Dr. Tory McJunkin had this to say about opioids and the harm they represent:
"There are over 15,000 opioid related deaths per year. Experts say the numbers continue to skyrocket. Narcotic medication does play a role in pain management, and oftentimes are beneficial for many patients. Research shows narcotics can lead to complications and even death, especially in high doses. "