Why Opioids Belong in Chronic Pain Care

On Monday, November 9, 2015, at the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) annual meeting, a neurologist and a rheumatologist took the stage to debate whether or not opioid analgesic medications belong in the management of chronic, noncancer pain.[1] John Markman, MD, a neurologist at the University of Rochester Medical Center, took the pro position; Daniel Clauw, MD, a professor of anesthesiology, rheumatology, and psychiatry at the University of Michigan, argued against opioid use in certain patients.

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