How opioid rules impact chronic pain patients

How opioid rules impact chronic pain patients

Publication date: Nov 07, 2019

DENVER – In our ongoing coverage of the opioid crisis, a Next with Kyle Clark viewer pointed out a perspective that he felt deserved some attention: the impact changing opioid laws are having on chronic pain patients.

A Colorado law from last year focuses on preventing doctors from overprescribing opioids to acute pain patients.

The Opioid Interim Committee has been meeting with chronic pain patients and listening to their concerns.

For this upcoming session, Pettersen said they hope to continue funding to educate doctors about the safest way to handle opioids, including how to treat chronic pain patients.

Valuck said the general rule of thumb is that roughly two-thirds of all opioid prescriptions are for chronic pain patients.

RELATED: Police: Brick-like form of fentanyl found in Denver RELATED: Colorado has 2nd deadliest year for drug overdose deaths However, Valuck added that opioids were prescribed so frequently over the last 25 years that the number of people addicted added up quickly.

Valuck said another goal of newer Colorado laws was to stop overprescribing opioids because 70% of people with an opioid-use disorder said they first got their hands on them from someone else who kept around leftover pills.

Concepts Keywords
Addiction Law year
Auditing Intentions law
Chronic Pain Opioid use disorder
Colorado Nerve pain diabetes
DENVER Pain management
Diabetes Opioids
Drug Overdose Drugs
Fentanyl RTT
Lakewood Euphoriants
Morphine Morphinans
Nerve Pain Acute pain
Opioid Opioid use disorder
Opioid Epidemic Pain management
Opioids Chronic pain
Pain Management
Physiological Dependence
Unintended Consequences


Type Source Name
disease MESH chronic pain
disease MESH nerve pain
drug DRUGBANK Morphine
disease MESH back to work
disease MESH Prescription Drug Abuse
pathway BSID Translation
drug DRUGBANK Pentaerythritol tetranitrate
drug DRUGBANK Fentanyl
disease MESH diagnosis


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