What is "opiophobia" and how does it affect me?

Back in the day, visitors to a baseball stadium would hear the team lineups being sold by vendors yelling, "You can't tell the players without a scorecard!"

These days, it's hard to understand the status of opioids as they relate to the treatment of chronic joint pain.

A brief history is in order.

In the early 1990's, physicians began increasing the number of prescriptions written for powerful opioids. They did this, among several key reasons, because they had been assured by pharmaceutical companies that opioids were safe.

Many of the patients receiving opioid prescriptions at that time were cancer patients with pain. When pharmaceutical companies promoted opioids for the treatment of non-cancer related pain, prescriptions skyrocketed - an understatement - as did addictions and opioid-related deaths. By 1999, 86% of patients using opioids were using them for non-cancer pain and many of those people were hooked.

Fast forward to 2016 when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) attempted to halt the opioid epidemic by issuing strict, comprehensive guidelines for prescribing opioids. Among the recommendations, the CDC stated that non-opioid treatments are the preferred first step for the treatment of chronic pain.

To many, however, the CDC guidelines were too broad and led to what has become known as "opiophobia," or, the fear of prescribing opioids. That led to the CDC admission last year that their guidelines may have gone too far and that physician response may have prevented many pain patients from getting the relief they need.

There is no question about whether opioids are addictive and can easily be misused. The challenge is that the medical community has yet to formulate a comprehensive, effective alternative to the use of opioids to treat chronic joint pain.

When misused, opioids are extremely dangerous. The next prescription in line, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), also have dangerous potential side effects, including high blood pressure, kidney damage, and severe allergic reactions.

Opioids are not the only solution: There is also ReJoint.

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