NIH Study Finds Evidence Of Opioid Drugs’ Effectiveness For Chronic Pain Lacking

NIH Study Finds Evidence Of Opioid Drugs’ Effectiveness For Chronic Pain Lacking
A National Institutes of Health (NIH) white paper released this week reports that researchers have been unsuccessful in finding more than a little, if any evidence supporting the effectiveness of opioid drugs in treating long-term chronic pain, notwithstanding widespread growth in prescribing them for managing that type of pain. The NIH paper incorporates the summary report of a seven-member expert panel the NIH appointed last September, which determined that that many studies cited as support for prescribing these drugs have been either poorly-conducted or of insufficient scope and focus. steffensd"That makes prolific use of these drugs surprising," observes Dr. David Steffens, chair of the psychiatry department at the University of Connecticut Health Center in Farmington, Connecticut (UConn Health) and one of the NIH opoid study's co-authors. "When it comes to long-term pain," says Dr. Steffens in a UConn release, "there's no research-based evidence that these medicines are helpful." Nevertheless, the report, which was cosponsored by the NIH Office of Disease Prevention (ODP), the NIH Pain Consortium, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, notes that more than 219 opioid drug (AKA opiates; the two terms have respective technical distinctions, but tend to be used interchangeably by most physicians) presc
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  1. Dorothy McGinnis says:

    Bull!!!! There are many patients now experiencing increased pain as their doctors have cut down on their pain medicines prescriptions. True, there has never been enough studies done on pain, but I can tell you personally, that my pain levels have gone beyound endurance since my opioid pain medications have been cut. And over the years , doctors have tried all kinds of the newer pain meds on me, and none of them helped enough, most helped not at all and many have worse side effects than the opioids. Could it be that many of the newer pain meds are giving the pharmaceutical companies much more profit? And causing insurance costs to rise? I do Physical Therapy, massage and other methoids to try to help, which are very expensive either to my insurance company or myself, and I am in bad pain daily. I also am in a pain support group and there are many with uncontrolled pain. I find the attitudes of some in this article just disgusting.

    • Sandi B. says:

      I’ve had both knees replaced and now my shoulder needs replacing. Even tho replacing my knees has given me the ability to walk still, the pain would be unbearable without opioids I would not be able to endure the pain. The fibrous tissues are still causing extreme pain around the artificial joints. If they took my pain medication away from me I seriously would not be able to live. I’m sure that last statement speaks for itself!

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