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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.