O Canada, We Stand on Guard for Thee
The Canadian National Pain Center just published a white paper listing opioid therapy recommendations for chronic non-cancer pain. Here is my summary:
- Opioid therapy for chronic non-cancer pain? Strong recommendation against.
- Have an active substance disorder? Strong recommendation against.
- If you do start opioid therapy? Limit daily dosage to less than 90 mg morphine equivalents.
- On opioid therapy, but difficulty with tapering? Time for a multidisciplinary program.
A wise Irishman once said, “When everyone in the room tells you you’re drunk, it’s time to sit down.”
When everyone in the room warns you about the dangers of long-term opioid use, maybe it’s time to pay attention and do better.
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