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Challenges in tapering long-term opioid use

Erica Sprey of VA Research Communications speaks with Dr. Joseph Frank, a primary care physician at the VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System in Denver. He is also a researcher at the Center of Innovation for Veteran-Centered and Value-Driven Care. Dr. Frank's research is focused on improving care for Veterans who are living with chronic pain—especially strategies for safely tapering the use of long-term opioid medication. For Veterans who are taking opioids long term, says Frank, the process of stopping or reducing those medications can be very challenging. His research aims to discover how to deliver high-quality pain care during and after opioid tapering.

Read more: Helping Veterans safely stop long-term opioid use

(04-23-2018)

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Challenges in tapering long-term opioid use


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