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The opioid crisis is not a myth
The editors state that physicians are reluctant to prescribe opioids because of fears about addiction. This is incorrect. Canada and the US are the highest consumers of opioids in the world (1). Canadian per- capita opioid consumption has more than doubled from 1997 to 2006, and consumption of oxycodone continued to climb rapidly from 2007 to 2010 (1). A recent random survey of...Competing Interests: None declared.
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Regarding comments in the editorial Better management of chronic pain care for all, August 15th, about opioids and chronic pain: the editorial refers to "myths about addiction," and that the potential for addiction is "frequently exaggerated."
The risk of opioid addiction in prescribing opioids for chronic pain is in fact quantifiable1 and, in some cases, predictable2. The Canadian Guideline for the Safe and Eff...Competing Interests: None declared.
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Pain is a universal ailment for which treatment has been sought for centuries throughout virtually all cultures and societies. MacDonald and colleagues1 rightly identify the need to scale up chronic pain clinics and improve the availability of these services to Canadians who need them, and their proposed approach provides a rough framework to guide Canadian improvements in enhancing access to relief from pain. In the globa...Competing Interests: None declared.