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Nurse Pract. 2014 Jun 15;39(6):30-7; quiz 37-8. doi: 10.1097/01.NPR.0000446868.79458.da.

Prescribing opioids in primary care: avoiding perils and pitfalls.

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  • 1Kathleen Broglio is a palliative care nurse practitioner at Columbia University Medical Center, an independent consultant, pain palliative care, and adjunct faculty at Pace University, New York, N.Y. B. Eliot Cole is a director of education at Nevada Psychiatric Association, Las Vegas, Nev. and a psychiatric locum tenems.

Abstract

Millions of Americans have chronic pain for which chronic opioid therapy may be warranted. In light of recent abuse of these medications, clinicians must exercise caution and develop uniform approaches to prescribing. It is possible to assess for opioid risk and safely prescribe opioids.

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