Opioids: Are You Using Them Safely?

  • “Before starting opioid therapy for chronic aches, clinicians should establish treatment goals with all patients, including realistic goals for aches and function, and should consider how opioid therapy will be discontinued if benefits do not outweigh risks.”
  • “Before starting and periodically during opioid therapy, clinicians should discuss with patients known risks and realistic benefits of opioid therapy and patient and clinician responsibilities for managing therapy.”
  • “Clinicians should avoid prescribing opioid medication and benzodiazepines concurrently whenever possible.”

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