Treating pain patients at risk: evaluation of a screening tool in opioid-treated pain patients with and without addiction

Pain Med. 2003 Jun;4(2):182-5. doi: 10.1046/j.1526-4637.2003.03017.x.


Patients receiving opioid treatment for chronic pain, many of whom were hospitalized with medical complications of substance abuse, were asked to complete a screening questionnaire to help validate a simple self-administered survey. Questions relating to tobacco abuse and prior treatment for drug and alcohol abuse distinguished patients with addiction and pain from opioid-treated chronic pain patients.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Alcoholism
  • Analgesics, Opioid / adverse effects
  • Analgesics, Opioid / therapeutic use*
  • Chronic Disease
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Opioid-Related Disorders* / etiology
  • Pain / drug therapy*
  • Risk Assessment
  • Risk Factors
  • Substance-Related Disorders
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Tobacco Use Disorder


  • Analgesics, Opioid