Psychological variables potentially implicated in opioid-related mortality as observed in clinical practice.

@article{Passik2011PsychologicalVP,
  title={Psychological variables potentially implicated in opioid-related mortality as observed in clinical practice.},
  author={Steven D. Passik and Amy E. Lowery},
  journal={Pain medicine},
  year={2011},
  volume={12 Suppl 2},
  pages={S36-42}
}
Opioid-related deaths in the United States have become a public health problem, with accidental and unintended overdoses being especially troubling. Screening for psychological risk factors is an important first step in safeguarding against nonadherence practices and identifying patients who may be vulnerable to the risks associated with opioid therapy. Validated screening instruments can aid in this attempt as a complementary tool to clinicians' assessments. A structured screening is… CONTINUE READING

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