Challenges in Using Opioids to Treat Pain in Persons With Substance Use Disorders

  title={Challenges in Using Opioids to Treat Pain in Persons With Substance Use Disorders},
  author={Seddon R. Savage and Kenneth L. Kirsh and Steven D. Passik},
  booktitle={Addiction science & clinical practice},
Pain and substance abuse co-occur frequently, and each can make the other more difficult to treat. A knowledge of pain and its interrelationships with addiction enhances the addiction specialist's efficacy with many patients, both in the substance abuse setting and in collaboration with pain specialists. This article discusses the neurobiology and clinical presentation of pain and its synergies with substance use disorders, presents methodical approaches to the evaluation and treatment of pain… CONTINUE READING
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