Cutting chronic pain patients off opioid medication does not affect ODs, but does increase suicides: U.S. Veterans Admin.

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Published Mar 25, 2018, 9:19 PM

The U.S. Veterans Administration issued an abstract, reporting that forcing people to taper off of opioid pain medicine does nothing to reduce overdoses, but does result in a significant rise in suicide mortality.

Meanwhile, doctors are still facing pressure to cut opioid prescriptions from their routines. Our guest has had this happen to her despite the intense pain that she lives with, and she now fears that the pain will drive her to suicide.

(Photo: The Canadian Press/Graeme Roy)

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