10 Opioid Myths and Facts
Among current viewpoints on opioid analgesics, there are those who adopt one of these two: either physicians are over- prescribing opioids, contributing to an epidemic of abuse of these drugs or these drugs are being over-regulated, leading to suffering among patients who have legitimate pain problems and cannot receive appropriate and needed therapies.
Unfortunately, there are many myths perpetuated about opioid drugs themselves and how they are used and misused. The slides above present 10 statements that are either one of the most common myths in circulation or a fact about opioid analgesics and their use.
We hope the slide show will perhaps challenge an assumption you hold or confirm your knowledge around this sensitive issue. References to support statements are below.
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