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Management of Addiction in the Pain Patient 

Management of Addiction in the Pain Patient
Management of Addiction in the Pain Patient

Caleb Kroll

and Glenn Treisman

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date: 21 April 2021

It is well-established that patients with chronic pain are at increased risk for substance use disorders when compared to the general population. Every clinician caring for patients with chronic pain should have a means of evaluating the addiction risk in this population to aid in the most appropriate treatment. Once a patient is risk-stratified, an appropriate level of monitoring can be initiated. If the patient is felt to be a candidate for chronic opioid therapy, it becomes necessary to have a thorough understanding of the potential risks involved in this treatment so they can be weighed against the therapeutic benefit.

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