Research & Treatment

Pain and Addiction

Pain management is an important component of high-quality compassionate medical care.  While there are many pain treatment modalities available to providers, pharmacotherapy is an increasingly prevalent treatment method; opioid analgesics are among the most popular classes of drugs indicated for pain treatment. 
For persons with risk factors for addiction, exposure to potentially rewarding substances, like opiates, may reinforce drug taking behavior and therefore present special risks. The following resources are intended to inform you about the intersection of pain and addiction and to help guide treatment decisions related to this particular co-morbidity.

For Providers

ASAM Pain and Addiction: Common Threads Conference
International Association for the Study of Pain: Clinical Updates
Rights and Responsibilities of Health Care Professionals in the Use of Opioids for the Treatment of Pain: Consensus Statement of the American Pain Society, the American Academy of Pain Medicine, and the American Society of Addiction Medicine
TIP 40: Clinical Guidelines for the Use of Buprenorphine in the Treatment of Opioid Addiction (SAMHSA, Treatment Improvement Protocol Series)

Prescription Drugs and Addiction

Prescription Drugs: Abuse and Addiction (NIDA)
Addiction by Prescription (SAMHSA)
Prescription Painkiller Overdoses in the United States (CDC Vital Signs Report)
Office of National Drug Control Policy Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Plan
Combating Prescription Drug Abuse and Diversion (American Medical Association)