Rapid Reduction of Opioids is Not the Answer

Doctors face a difficult task preventing, assessing, and treating chronic pain. According to the CDC, an estimated 20% of patients that go to a physician’s office with noncancer pain symptoms or pain-related diagnoses (including acute and chronic pain) receive an opioid prescription.

This year we have seen an overreaction to these kinds of statistics and the opioid crisis in general. Thousands of pain patients have been forced to reduce their opioid dosages. Some patients have been cut off entirely with no advance notice. These steps have caused unintended harm and real problems for patients with chronic pain.

The Food and Drug Administration released a warning and admitted that that rapid opioid reduction could cause “uncontrolled pain, psychological distress, and suicide,” telling doctors to stop doing it.

In the same month, the CDC changed its guidelines to say, “Not all pain patients should have their opioids reduced or eliminated; some will continue to function best on medication, even at high doses.” 

Echoing this, the Department of Health and Human Services recommends that physicians avoid rapid tapering and take into account the needs of individual patients.

So now what?

Many patients are scared of tapering because of the withdrawal symptoms but don’t want to stay dependent on their medications. That is where NuHope comes in. Most clinics and physicians don’t have the resources or time to handle acute, chronic pain with a managed non-addictive opioid regimen. In fact, 73% of doctors would like to have more information on when to refer a patient to an addiction specialist.

NuHope’s staff and addiction board-certified physicians have the training and expertise to handle patients’ medication to prevent dependence and manage withdrawals while tapering a patient off of opioids. 

Find out more. Contact a NuHope representative today.

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