Opioid cessation and chronic pain: perspectives of former opioid users

Current guidelines for addressing opioid cessation in the context of chronic pain management recommend that opioids be discontinued if the risks outweigh the benefits. However, few studies have focused on understanding opioid cessation from the perspective of individuals with chronic pain. This mixed-method study included 49 former opioid users with chronic pain and used quantitative survey data and qualitative focus group data to identify themes pertaining to former opioid user's experience before, during, and after opioid cessation. Participants described several reasons for wanting to stop opioids including lack of efficacy, impact on quality of life, and concerns about addiction. Barriers to cessation included concerns about inadequate pain management and concerns about the impact of stopping opioids on mood. After opioid cessation, the sample was mixed regarding the benefit of cessation. Half of the former opioid users reported their pain to be better or the same after stopping opioids; however, 47% of the sample reported feeling worse pain since stopping their opioids. As the pendulum swings from pain control to drug control, we must ensure that the response to the opioid epidemic does not cause harm to individuals with chronic pain. Novel opioid cessation interventions are needed in combination with methods of addressing individual challenges and barriers to adequate pain relief including access to and provision of nonopioid alternatives for pain management.
Source: Pain - Category: Anesthesiology Tags: Research Paper Source Type: research

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CONCLUSION: The epidemic of opioid misuse has shown that there is a lack of fundamental knowledge about the characteristics and management of chronic pain, that conflicts of interest and validity of models must be more intensively considered in the context of drug development and that novel analgesics with less addictive potential are urgently needed. Currently, the most promising perspectives appear to be augmenting endogenous opioid actions and the selective activation of peripheral opioid receptors. PMID: 31222410 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Schmerz - Category: Anesthesiology Authors: Tags: Schmerz Source Type: research
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Source: Medicine - Category: Internal Medicine Tags: Research Article: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis Source Type: research
Authors: Lee B, Sodhi N, Anis HK, Ehiorobo JO, Mont MA Abstract INTRODUCTION: There has been a rapid increase in opioid-related morbidity and mortality worldwide, and the dangers of excessive opioid use have been observed in patients with chronic musculoskeletal pain, including those diagnosed with knee osteoarthritis. Pain management is an important component of nonoperative treatment in knee osteoarthritis and frequently entails the use of opioids. However, this management technique is not without risks, such as addiction, morbidity, and mortality. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to review the existing l...
Source: Surgical Technology International - Category: Surgery Tags: Surg Technol Int Source Type: research
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Inappropriate and excessive opioid prescribing practices for treatment of chronic nonmalignant pain contributed to rising rates of opioid related mortality. Effective and widely available opioid addiction treatment resources are needed to ensure successful resolution of the “opioid epidemic”. This chapter outlines the basic pathophysiology of addiction as well as principles of opioid addiction management focusing on the pharmacological and nonpharmacological aspects of care. Pharmacological treatment focuses on opioid substitution therapy, with aim at prevention of opioid cravings and opioid withdrawal symptoms...
Source: Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology - Category: OBGYN Tags: Opioid Use, Misuse and Abuse: The Rise and Fall of a National Opioid Epidemic Source Type: research
CONCLUSION: The epidemic of opioid misuse has shown that there is a lack of fundamental knowledge about the characteristics and management of chronic pain, that conflicts of interest and validity of models must be more intensively considered in the context of drug development and that novel analgesics with less addictive potential are urgently needed. Currently, the most promising perspectives appear to be augmenting endogenous opioid actions and the selective activation of peripheral opioid receptors. PMID: 30645691 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Der Anaesthesist - Category: Anesthesiology Authors: Tags: Anaesthesist Source Type: research
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Source: Annali dell Istituto Superiore di Sanita - Category: General Medicine Tags: Ann Ist Super Sanita Source Type: research
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