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First Opinion: Opioid Stigma Is Keeping Many Cancer Patients From Getting The Pain Control They Need

(STAT) July 6, 2018 - History is repeating itself. Twenty years ago, a pain management crisis existed. As many as 70 percent of cancer patients in treatment at that time, or in end-of-life care, experienced unalleviated pain.

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Richard Reililng (Posted: July 07, 2018)

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Can't imagine that anyone would find this a surprise. Patients needing pain relief will suffer because of the weak personalities that take narcotics unnecessarily and for less than appropriate reasons. We have tried to fight this in many arenas including the AMA, but the 'bleeding hearts' win the field all the time. Let's hope that our cancer patients get what they need, when they need it, and in the quantity that makes their lives more tolerable in view of their disease processes.

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