Study Finds Opioid Use Higher in Unemployed, Less Educated

A study published in the American Journal of Medicine found that opioid use in patients with fibromyalgia was associated with lower education, unemployment, disability payments, current unstable psychiatric disorder, a history of substance abuse and previous suicide attempts.

Researchers reviewed the charts of 457 patients referred to a multidisciplinary fibromyalgia clinic to look for opioid use. Nearly one-third of those referred were recorded using opioids, and more than two thirds of those were recorded using strong opioids.

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