There’s Little Evidence Abuse-Deterrent Opioids Work. Why Should We Use Them?

August 8, 2017

(STAT News) – While abuse-deterrent opioids have a role in addressing opioid misuse, we caution that any mandate for using these products in all patients would result in huge expenditures and perhaps nudge aside other less expensive and more effective approaches to prevention and treatment of opioid abuse. And some patient advocates have rightfully noted that legitimate pain patients are being asked to pay for the abuse predilection of a small minority of patients looking to get high.

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