Physicians tapering patients off opioids can turn to HHS guide

A recent study suggests that less than a quarter of patients on chronic opioid therapy for noncancer pain are tapered off opioids, and another study found that only 35% of patients are able to successfully do so.“Taking a patient off opioids is not the same as taking a patient off one high blood pressure medication and putting them on another,” William Curry, MD, the associate dean of rural and primary care at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, told Healio Primary Care.The challenge of tapering can be daunting, but a new HHS guide may help physicians move patients offRead More

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