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National Survey of Physicians Reveals Common Misperceptions Concerning Misuse and Abuse of Opioids in Light of New Government Statistics
Date:9/15/2010

t take steps to prevent the misuse and abuse of opioids in their own homes.(2)

"These survey results highlight common misunderstandings about these medications, which can be addressed in the health care provider's office." Rowe continued, "By initiating an open dialogue about responsible pain management before and throughout the course of treatment, both clinicians and their patients can become part of the solution to this public health issue."

Key issues that should be discussed include proper dosing, storage and disposal of prescription medications to ensure that individuals and their loved ones are safe from the risks associated with these products, and potentially consider new treatment options. Several companies are developing pain medications designed to deter or prevent common forms of medication abuse and/or tampering. The potential for these pain medications to address common forms of misuse or abuse has not yet been demonstrated, however, the medical community is hopeful that long term epidemiological studies will show that these pain medications will have an effect on prescription opioid abuse rates.

About the Physician Perspective Toward Prescription Opioid Abuse and Misuse Survey  

The Physician Perspective Toward Prescription Opioid Abuse and Misuse Survey, for the American Pain Foundation was made possible by support from King Pharmaceuticals®, Inc. This was a national online poll conducted among 500 board-certified U.S. physicians who treat patients whose conditions require prescription opioids (primary care, neurologists, and orthopedic surgeons). The survey purpose was to gain a better understanding of prescriber awareness of opioid misuse and abuse, including prevalence, patient discussions, attitude, and sources of misused opioids. The study was conducted by WorldOne Healthcare Research in association with Medical Omnibus LLC from August 23 – August 30, 2010. All results were stratified by
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