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Dealing with Rising Rates of Oxycodone Abuse New York, NY (PRWEB) March 23, 2012 New York physician Dr.
Primary care physicians are faced with treating a large proportion of chronic pain patients, but many do not often have specific training in the assessment and management of chronic pain, including the use of opioid medications for chronic pain management.
Using injectable diacetylmorphine — the active ingredient in heroin — to treat chronic opioid addiction is cheaper and more effective than methadone.
Medically prescribed heroin is more cost-effective than methadone for treating long-term street heroin users.
Prescribing opioids for pain to older patients within seven days of short-stay surgery appears to be associated with long-term analgesic use compared to those patients who did not receive prescriptions for analgesics after surgery.
Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans with mental health diagnoses, particularly posttraumatic stress disorder, are more likely to receive prescription opioid medications for pain-related conditions, have higher-risk opioid use patterns and increased adverse clinical outcomes associated with opioid use than veterans with no mental health diagnoses.
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