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Human Studies, Pharmacology/Drug Development

2019 Nov 01

Drug Alcohol Depend


Pain severity and prescription opioid misuse among individuals with chronic pain: The moderating role of alcohol use severity.


Paulus DJ, Rogers AH, Bakhshaie J, Vowles KE, Zvolensky MJ
Drug Alcohol Depend. 2019 Nov 01; 204:107456.
PMID: 31476642.


Chronic pain is a public health problem associated with opioid misuse. Yet, it is important to understand factors underlying opioid misuse in the context of pain. Alcohol use is one factor to consider given past work documenting use of alcohol to manage pain. However, it is unknown whether alcohol use severity exacerbates the relation between pain and opioid misuse. This study sought to examine relations between pain and prescription opioid misuse and the moderating role of alcohol use severity in two online survey studies of individuals with chronic pain.