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2019 Oct

J Consult Clin Psychol



A new OPIATE (Optimizing Positive Ibuprofen and Acetaminophen Treatment Expectations) model: A brief comment on “Concurrent and lagged associations of prescription opioid use with pain and negative affect in the daily lives of chronic pain patients” (Carp


This commentary expands upon the clinical implications arising from the Carpenter et al. (2019) negative reinforcement model of opioid use. A new model called OPIATE-which stands for Optimizing Positive Ibuprofen and Acetaminophen Treatment Expectations-is introduced. This commentary highlights possible strategies for reducing the supply and demand of opioids through enhancing expectations for alternative pain medications.