One in Four Chronic Pain Patients Misusing Opioids, Addiction Rates Rising

April 2, 2015 12:39 PM

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Around one in every four chronic pain patients may be misusing prescription narcotic painkillers, according to data collected in a new study. Worse still, approximately one in ten of these patients has fallen into habitual use of such powerful painkillers having formed an addiction, prompting experts to once again revisit and question whether access to such drugs should be further restricted.

“On average, misuse was documented in approximately one out of four or five patients, and addiction was found in approximately one out of 10 or 11 patients” read the report penned by a University of New Mexico research team headed by Kevin Vowles PhD.

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