The Wall Street Journal reports today that a group of pain specialists have filed a petition with the FDA to limit the use of extended release opiods pain meds to 100mg a day for a maximum of 90 days of round the clock use. It goes further in asking that all opiods be marketed for only severe pain, not just moderate. It claims that "there is very little evidence that with most patients a high dosage of opioids improve function and one's quality of life." This was signed by 3 dozen "leading pain-addiction experts and prominent health officials." plus politicians.
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