What the JAMA Opioid Study Didn’t Find…

The following article will interest anyone who uses or should I say has used an opioid to help control their pain. I found this on the Pain News Network website, the internet address is listed below.

March 10, 2018 By Roger Chriss, Columnist

A recent opioid study published in the Journal Of the American Medical Association (JAMA) evaluated pain management in patients with hip and knee osteoarthritis and low back pain.

The study by VA researcher Erin Krebs, MD, and colleagues found that “treatment with opioids was not superior to treatment with non-opioid medications for improving pain-related function over 12 months.”

That finding was widely and erroneously reported in the news media as meaning that opioids are ineffective for all types of chronic pain.

But the most fascinating result of the study – the one not being reported — is what wasn’t found. The 108 people in the study who took opioids for a year did not develop signs of opioid misuse, abuse or addiction, and did not develop opioid-induced hyperalgesia – a heightened sensitivity to pain.

And no one died of an overdose.

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