Dr Emmanuel
Dr Emmanuel
Orthopaedic Surgeon

New study reveals dangers of opioid abuse for chronic back pain sufferers

Chronic back pain sufferers with psychiatric disorders such as depression or anxiety are 75% more prone to opioid abuse according to a new study.

The study, published in Anesthesiology, the official medical journal of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA), examined patients currently being treated for lower back pain with opioids. Researchers found that patients who suffered from psychiatric disorders such as depression or anxiety were significantly more likely to abuse their medication.

Source: Medical News Today

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