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Addiction and Pain 

Addiction and Pain
Addiction and Pain

Daniel F. Lonergan

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date: 23 October 2019

Patients who struggle with both pain and addiction present with some of the most challenging scenarios in clinical medicine. An understanding of the neurophysiologic basis of addiction is a key element in the proper management of acute and chronic pain. Physicians should appropriately screen for addiction and employ a comprehensive and safe approach to pain management, especially for patients with risk factors or a history significant for opioid addiction. Physicians should also understand the legal and regulatory issues governing the prescribing and dispensing of controlled substances in the course of treatment for acute pain, chronic pain, and addiction.

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