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The legal use of opioes was thus placed entirely in the hands of physicians, who were, and still are, liable to lose their medical licenses and rrisk criminal prosecution if they prescribed these drugs inappropriately. The immediate effect of such strict regulatory control was that physicians became reluctant to prescribe opiods, and as a result pain was woefullyt undertreated. Through the effortss of advocates of pain control, toward the end of the 20th century opiod therapy was reestablished as an invaluable and accepted treatment for acute pain, pain due to cancer, and pain caused by terminal disease. The most difficult issue now facing physicians who treat patients with chronic pain probably is whether and how to prescribe opiod therapy for chronic pain. [.....] The recognition that opiod therapy can relieve pain and improve mood and functioning in many patients with chronic pain has led experts on pain to recommend that such patients should not be denited opiods
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