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Sometimes the best of intentions lead to devastating consequences. Canada and the U.S. are the two highest consumers of prescription opioids even though we don’t have good evidence that they are effective for chronic pain. Since there are many different opioids used for the same purpose, we use morphine equivalence to compare how strong they are.
As the number of morphine milligram equivalents per day (MME/D) increases, the harms associated with opioid therapy also increase.
Navigate through different morphine equivalent dose ranges to find out if high dose prescribing is saving or sinking you.
Prescription examples from 0-50 MME/D
|Codeine Contin 100mg
Prescription examples from 50-100 MME/D
|MS Contin 30mg
Prescription examples from 100-200 MME/D
|Hydromorphone SR 12mg
|Fentanyl 50mcg Patch
Prescription examples >200 MME/D
|Oxycodone CR 80mg
|Hydromorph Contin 30mg
|Fentanyl 100mcg Patch
Funding for this infographic is provided in part by the Government of Canada. The views expressed herein do not necessarily represent the views of the Government of Canada.
Sources: Canadian Guideline for Safe and Effective Use of Opioids for Chronic Non-Cancer Pain (2010); CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain (2016)
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