The Role of Science in Addressing the Opioid Crisis
by Nora D. Volkow, M.D., and Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D. of the NIH
A five-sentence letter published in the Journal in 1980 has been heavily cited as evidence that long-term opioid therapy has seldom been associated with addiction. Of the 608 citations, 72.2% used the letter uncritically as evidence that such addiction was rare.
How current patients who genuinely need narcotic-provided patient relief (e.g. cancer patient) are being inappropriately shunned (by his nurse).