Education for opioids needed

Patients need more information about pain control and opioid misuse, according to researchers at the University of Pennsylvania.

Study subjects said they were often worried about following prescribed dosing or had a fear of developing dependence if they took an opioid. Results were in Annals of Emergency Medicine

"It was interesting to find that patients believe that taking an opioid as prescribed prevents the possibility of addiction, but also that patients are learning about opioids from television and from friends and acquaintances — not healthcare providers," said senior author Zachary F. Meisel, MD, MPH, MS, assistant professor.