Medscape Psychiatry reports that the “man-made epidemic” of opioid abuse in the United States is the result of over-prescription and poor research. Doctor Gary Franklin, vice president of Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing, has done research which indicates that opioids are being overused for conditions that they are not intended to treat. “Not only is there no evidence to support their use in these conditions, there is quite a bit of evidence against doing so, and these are probably the most routine patients we have who are on chronic opioids and who have become dependent and addicted to them in our country.”
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