Opioids Dispensed in High Doses Linked to Depression

Dispensing higher opioid doses to chronic pain patients could trigger depression, according to research published in the February 2015 issue of Pain.  

At baseline and follow-up at 1 and 2 years, researchers surveyed 355 patients with chronic low back pain regarding depression, pain, anxiety, health-related quality of life, and social support or stress. Comorbid conditions and opioid type and dose were obtained from the patients’ medical charts. Read more.