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Opioids prescribed for COPD may harm patients: study

July 14, 2016

Globe & Mail | July 14, 2016

Many adults with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease are prescribed opioids to treat pain, breathlessness, insomnia and other complaints. But new research shows those drugs may be further endangering the health of people with the common lung disease. Dr. Nicholas Vozoris, lead author of the study and assistant professor in the division of respirology at the University of Toronto, said he has become increasingly concerned over the fact many COPD patients are taking opioids. Read more.