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Narcotic contracts: informed consent?

Treating patients with narcotic analgesics is not simple. Narcotics can be very effective at relieving pain, but they come with a whole set of problems, including risk of adverse effects such as nausea, constipation, and altered mental status; overdose; and dependence. As I’ve written before, narcotic-dependent patients can be a challenge to treat. One of…