Current Pain and Headache Reports

, Volume 8, Issue 4, pp 289–294

Assessing aberrant drug-taking behaviors in the patient with chronic pain

  • Steven D. Passik
  • Kenneth L. Kirsh

DOI: 10.1007/s11916-004-0010-3

Cite this article as:
Passik, S.D. & Kirsh, K.L. Current Science Inc (2004) 8: 289. doi:10.1007/s11916-004-0010-3


Tremendous progress has been made in the study and treatment of pain in the past two decades. The growing problem of prescription drug abuse has forced the field to take a new look at opioid prescribing and to seek balance between its risks and benefits. Every pain clinician must become better acquainted with the principles of addiction medicine as they apply to pain management. The assessment of aberrant behaviors in patients with chronic pain is one key aspect of mastering these principles.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Steven D. Passik
    • 1
  • Kenneth L. Kirsh
  1. 1.Symptom Management and Palliative Care Program, Markey Cancer CenterUniversity of KentuckyLexingtonUSA