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Papers: 21 Sep 2019 - 27 Sep 2019


Human Studies

2019 Oct

J Consult Clin Psychol



Concurrent and lagged associations of prescription opioid use with pain and negative affect in the daily lives of chronic pain patients.


Carpenter RW, Lane SP, Bruehl S, Trull TJ
J Consult Clin Psychol. 2019 Oct; 87(10):872-886.
PMID: 31556664.


Prescribed opioids for chronic pain management contribute significantly to the opioid crisis. There is a need to understand the real-world benefits that, despite risks, lead chronic pain patients to persist in opioid use. Negative reinforcement models of addiction posit that individuals use substances to reduce aversive states but have seldom been applied to prescribed opioids. Using ecological momentary assessment, we examined reciprocal associations between opioid use and physical pain, for which opioids are prescribed, and negative affect (NA), for which they are not.