Think twice before tapering opioids in some patients

Bill is a 58-year-old male with a history of head and neck cancer as well as chronic low back pain who presents to his new primary care doctor for a routine checkup and visit for a medication refill. He works in construction and has been on chronic opioid therapy after his cancer — with a stable dose of 15 mg of oxycodone for over five years.

At his new primary care visit, after a few meet and greet pleasantries, his new primary care doctor discusses his current medication regimen with him...

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