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#CPDD What’s Hot: Mortality Rates and Opioid Therapy

2015 Oral Abstract Presenter, Julie R. Gaither, Post Doctoral Fellow at Yale University, New Haven, CT shares a summary from her abstract, "Mortality and guideline-concordant long-term opioid therapy for pain," at the College on Problems of Drug Dependence Annual Meeting.



Julie R. Gaither speaking:

Patients who are receiving opioids long-term if they receive mental health services substance use disorder treatment if they have a current alcohol or drug use disorder and those who receive rehabilitative therapies, physical occupational and rehab do better.

They have lower mortality rates. I think the key is that clinicians should avoid prescribing opioids with benzodiazepines and with patients who have a current substance use disorder and also patients are likely to benefit from mental health services, substance use disorder treatment and other ancillary services.


This page was last updated August 2015