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Substance abuse treatment programs need to develop comprehensive pain management programs for their clients, according to researchers who documented a high prevalence of severe chronic pain among patients in methadone maintenance and residential drug treatment programs.
Researcher Andrew Rosenblum, Ph.D., and colleagues from New York report in a recent issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) that chronic pain among substance users is a significant and often undertreated problem. The researchers reached this conclusion after studying chronic pain among patients treated in two methadone maintenance programs and 13 public, short-term inpatient rehabilitation programs in New York.
Subjects were surveyed on demographic information and substance abuse history; treatment history; pain severity, type, duration, and life interference; general health; the use …