Trends in medical use and abuse of opioid analgesics.

  title={Trends in medical use and abuse of opioid analgesics.},
  author={David E. Joranson and Karen M. Ryan and Aaron M. Gilson and June L. Dahl},
  volume={283 13},
CONTEXT Pain often is inadequately treated due in part to reluctance about using opioid analgesics and fear that they will be abused. Although international and national expert groups have determined that opioid analgesics are essential for the relief of pain, little information has been available about the health consequences of the abuse of these drugs. OBJECTIVE To evaluate the proportion of drug abuse related to opioid analgesics and the trends in medical use and abuse of 5 opioid… CONTINUE READING