A recent review from the University of New Mexico has identified that almost a quarter of narcotic painkillers prescribed are misused, raising questions about the benefits (and downsides) of narcotic use for chronic pain treatment. Of the patients using these painkillers, nearly 10% become addicted. The review analyzed 38 studies and highlighted that rates of misuse varued from 21 to 29 percent, with rates of addiction between 8 and 12 percent.
“‘If it is accurate that approximately one in four patients on opioids display patterns of opioid misuse, but not addiction, then perhaps more efficient targeting of treatment resources would be of benefit,’ the study authors wrote.”
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