Inheriting Patients on Long Term Opioids: A Toolkit
Notwithstanding overprescribing of opioid medications, efforts to reduce opioid prescribing also carry risks. Perhaps most problematic is the sense of abandonment experienced by patients. Tens of thousands of U.S. patients receiving opioids are forced to find new providers each year. Few clinicians are willing to take on the care of these patients, and even fewer provide the type of continuity necessary for a safe transition of care.
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