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How to manage pain in addicted patients

D'Arcy, Yvonne MS, CRNP, CNS

doi: 10.1097/01.NURSE.0000383898.65472.8f

Does administering large opioid doses to treat acute pain exacerbate addiction issues? This article clears up persistent myths about addiction and pain relief, and discusses how to manage acute pain in a patient addicted to opioids.

Yvonne D'Arcy is pain management and palliative care nurse practitioner at Suburban Hospital-Johns Hopkins Medicine, Bethesda, Md., and a member of the Nursing2010 editorial board.

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