1. 1/23/13- Opioids and Mental Health

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    High doses of opioids can lead to mental health issues. A new report on news-medical.net cites a study in the Journal of Pain that showed patients who are prescribed higher doses of opioids have higher rates of psychiatric problems. The study examined twenty six thousand adults age 18 and older diagnosed with low back pain. Sixty one percent of these adults were prescribed opioids. Of the sixty one percent, almost nine percent were prescribed higher doses in their final prescription, nearly 180mg a day- seven times higher than patients on lower doses. The study also found chronic pain patients with psychiatric complications were more likely to be prescribed opioids than patients without mental health problems. Dr. Tory McJunkin of Arizona Pain Specialists had this to say about the findings. The authors of the study also found a correlation between patients who were prescribed higher doses of opioids to be repeated users of medical services. Now it’s your turn. We want to know your thoughts. Please comment and join in the discussion.

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