According to UPI, a pain program may help surgery patients taper off opioids.

Prescription opioids are the best option available for acute chronic and cancer-related pain.

But these pharmacological treatments ca often lead to addiction.

Health Quality Ontario and the Canadian Pain Society have released guidelines for pain management.

These suggest that opioids should not be considered the first line of defense in non-cancer pain.

Almost half of patients who did not take opioids before surgery weaned off opioids.

And 25% who took the drugs before surgery were able to get off them completely.

The patients used the program at the Toronto General Hospital and University Health Network.

The results of the study were published Monday in the Canadian Journal of Pain.

"The assumption is that all patients after surgery are fine with their opioid use, but we have found that in a high-risk segment of patients, that is not the case. We need better ways of identifying these patients, and then helping those who are having difficulty in reducing or eliminating their opioid use... there is a powerful role for interventions other than opioids in helping patients manage their pain and suffering, taper their opioids and lead rich, meaningful lives. Our program is a good blueprint that we can use not only for surgical patients, but for anyone else dealing with an opioid addiction." Dr. Hance Clarke

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