Volume 6 Issue 1
An estimate of the abuse potential of analgesic opioid drugs by adult non cancer patients – a mini review
Wolfgang H Vogel*
Data obtained from this review suggest that the abuse potential of opioid drugs is greatly over estimated and few if any adult patients without mental problems or a history of drug misuse will become addicted to therapeutically prescribed opioid drugs or might die of an overdose. Thus, physicians should continue to prescribe these drugs if deemed medically necessary.