Patients on Chronic Opioid Prescriptions who came off Opioids were Three Times More Likely to Die of an Overdose in the Years that Followed, a study found (IF they returned to their addiction) – NationalAddictionNews.com

Patients on Chronic Opioid Prescriptions who came off Opioids were Three Times More Likely to Die of an Overdose in the Years that Followed, a study found (IF they returned to their addiction) – NationalAddictionNews.com

With a huge push to reduce opioid prescribing, little is known about the real-world benefits or risks to patients of stopping these pain medications.

A study published Aug. 29 in the Journal of General Internal Medicine found an alarming outcome: Patients coming off opioids for pain were three times more likely to die of an overdose in the years that followed.

“We are worried by these results, because they suggest that the policy recommendations intended to make opioid prescribing safer are not working as intended,” said lead author Jocelyn James, assistant professor of  medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine, at the University of Washington School of Medicine. “We have to make sure we develop systems to protect patients.”

via Patients on Chronic Opioid Prescriptions who came off Opioids were Three Times More Likely to Die of an Overdose in the Years that Followed, a study found (IF they returned to their addiction) – NationalAddictionNews.com