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Letters CDC guidelines on opioids for chronic pain

Analgesics or pain, who is the real enemy? Suggestions from the CDC guidelines

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: (Published 12 April 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i2028
  1. Massimo Mammucari, general practitioner
  1. Primary Care, ASL RM1, Rome, Italy
  1. massimo.mammucari{at}

Responsible use of analgesic drugs is crucial to the management of pain. Proper diagnosis and classification of pain, measurement of its intensity with a validated scale, determination of the type of pain, information on its duration, and identification of comorbidities are essential when selecting analgesics. The …

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