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Centre for Orthopaedics
Suite 10-33/34/35 Mount Elizabeth Novena Specialist Centre
38 Irrawaddy Road
Singapore, 329563, Singapore
Ph: (65) 6684 5828
Fax: (65) 6684 5829

Child Orthopedics
Pain Management
Spine - Cervical
Spine - General
Spine - Lumbar
Spine - Thoracic

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I hurt my back but my doctor would not give me a narcotic for my pain. He said that it was the clinic policy. Why would this be?

Since providers have been prescribing opioids for chronic, non-cancer pain, the abuse of prescription opioids has greatly increased. There have been many deaths reported from overdose of prescription opioids.

Because of the fear of abuse, diversion, and addiciton even from prescription opioids, many providers are choosing to withhold prescribing opioids. Unfortunately, this means that patients who could benefit from them are being refused.

The companies making opioids are working on abuse-deterrant pills. Hopefully this will reassure providers that they can be used safely.


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