Special Issue "Application of Opioids in Clinical Medicine"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 November 2019
There have been enormous changes in how we use opioids in the past 40 years, especially in high-income countries. In the 1970s and 1980s, opioids were only reserved for acute pain, surgical pain, or palliative cancer patients. In the 1990s, with the advent of long-acting formulations, there was a spread of using opioids for conditions that were not life-threatening, such as mechanical back pain, inflammatory pain, and neuropathic pain. With the large amount of people taking opioids, there was a surge of many people who became dependent and addicted. Consequently, those people who cannot get opioids from prescriptions need to obtain them from illicit sources, which opened the markets for more and more potent opioids, including oxycodone, heroine, fentanyl, and more recently carfentanyl. It is unfortunate that a potent analgesic has become an evil in North America, as is the stigma carried by the patients who need to take this medication to enable them to function and be productive.
There is an urgent need for high-quality scientific studies to look at the benefits and risks of prescription opioids in clinical medicine. I am delighted to hear that this Special Issue of the Journal of Clinical Medicine will be dedicated to this area. The Journal of Clinical Medicine's 2017 ISI Web of Knowledge impact factor is 5.593; ranked 15 out of 154 journals (D1 journal), making it a top journal in the area of medicine (general & internal medicine). We are interested in studies looking at the clinical applications of prescription opioids, neurobiological mechanisms in humans, clinical trials, meta-analyses, education for prescribers, and policy and programs to mitigate the risks of opioids.
Dr. Andrea Furlan
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- Prescription opioids
- Acute pain
- Surgical pain
- Mechanical back pain
- Inflammatory pain
- Neuropathic pain
- Risks of opioids
- Clinical applications