Addiction: Definition

Basic, Generic Clinical Sciences, Special Problems or Issues in Anesthesiology

A behavioral syndrome characterized by evidence of psychological dependence (craving), uncontrolled/compulsive drug use despite harmful side effects, and other drug-related aberrant behavior (e.g., altering prescriptions, manipulating health care providers, drug hoarding or sales, unsanctioned dose escalation).

The daily dose of opioids in abusing or addicted patients is typically larger, such patients often have coexisting psychiatric diseases (depression, anxiety, psychosis), and the known history of abuse may lead to tempered use of opioids by health care providers, which makes these patients particularly vulnerable to inadequate postoperative pain control.

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