Studies continue to be conducted to discover possible relationships between the use of hospital pain meds during a hospital stay and extensive use after discharge suggest the need for diligence by prescribing physicians. Researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, MA, examined data from more than one million adults who had been hospitalized for non-surgical procedures. They discovered that patients often receive high doses of pain medications, sometimes more than one kind of opioid, during a hospital stay for conditions, such as acute infections, injuries, heart problems, and cancer. They also found that patients often received prescriptions for continued use upon discharge, some of which may have overlapped. The potential for misuse of multiple prescriptions, as well as an increased risk of adverse effects, including overdose, is cause for concern.
Dependence on Hospital Pain Meds May Lead To Addiction
Prescription painkillers are one of the most frequently abused drugs. As opiates, they work rapidly on brain functions that create pleasure, leaving the user with increasing desire for more. Patients who use more than one pain medication or who deviate from strict adherence to prescribed doses run the risk of dependence and addiction. For these reasons, we teach our clients in our Chronic Pain Treatment Program to abstain from prescription painkillers. What are your thoughts on opioid use? Add your thoughts and comments below and follow us on Facebook!