AAN Warns Against Opioids in Chronic Noncancer Pain

September 29, 2014 8:00 PM

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The risks of opioids far outweigh their benefits in chronic pain conditions such as headache, fibromyalgia, and lower back pain, according to a new policy statement from the American Academy of Neurology.

The statement lists several best practices -- including checking a prescription data monitoring program (PDMP) before prescribing opioids -- and calls for primary care doctors to refer chronic pain patients to specialists if they are taking daily doses of 80 to 120 mg morphine-equivalent per day.

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