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Effects of opioid prescription medication dependence and detoxification on pain perceptions and self-reports.

The purpose of this work is to document whether prescription opioid medications used for pain enhanced or worsened pain syndromes from medical conditions in patients who received a diagnosis of prescription opioid dependence as determined by a diagnosis by Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM)-IV criteria. Further, whether detoxification improved or worsened pain perceptions and self-reports in patients who chronically administered prescription opioid medications. Our study consisted of a retrospective sample of patients taken from the Addiction Treatment Unit at St Lawrence Hospital in Lansing, MI.

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