Where are the Chronic Pain Patients?

A very interesting op-ed piece came out in the Washington Post this week discussing the controversy over the new pain medication, Zohydro.  The author of the article, Maia Szalavitz, makes the argument that amidst all the voices weighing in about opiate use chronic pain patients are all but eliminated from the discussion.  Szalavitz also writes that the media gives a false impression about the relationship between chronic pain patients and addiction stating that: “at least 80 percent are not pain patients who were medically addicted:  two out of three either get opioids for free or buy them from a friend or relative. The rest obtain the drugs either from dealers, by theft, by prescription forgery or online.”

What do you think?



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