Is it an Opioid Addiction or Dependence?

Karen Lee Richards Health Guide
  • One of the greatest obstacles chronic pain patients face in their quest for adequate pain relief is the widespread misunderstanding of the difference between physical dependence on a drug and addiction.  Many patients, the general public, and sadly even some physicians fear that anyone taking opioid medications on a long-term basis will become addicted.  As a result, pain patients are often labeled as “drug seekers” and stigmatized for their use of opioid medications.  Worst of all, their pain frequently remains under-treated.  Read more...

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Published On: December 27, 2008