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Opioid dosing trends and mortality in Washington State workers' compensation, 1996-2002.

Authors
  • Franklin, Gary M
  • Mai, Jaymie
  • Wickizer, Thomas
  • Turner, Judith A
  • Fulton-Kehoe, Deborah
  • Grant, Linda
Type
Published Article
Journal
American journal of industrial medicine
Publication Date
Aug 01, 2005
Volume
48
Issue
2
Pages
91–99
Identifiers
PMID: 16032735
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The reasons for escalating doses of the most potent opioids are unknown, but it is possible that tolerance or opioid-induced abnormal pain sensitivity may be occurring in some workers who use opioids for chronic pain. Opioid-related deaths in this population may be preventable through use of prudent guidelines regarding opioid use for chronic pain.

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