opioid pain

Commentary: Balancing Benefits and Risks: Opioid Pain Medication

Opioid pain relievers are the most widely misused and abused controlled prescription drugs and are involved in most unintentional poisoning deaths.[i] Such deaths have quadrupled since 1999, and by 2007 outnumbered those involving heroin and cocaine.[ii] In 2011, nearly 17,000 drug-poisoning deaths in the U.S. involved these medications.[iii] These facts…