• Dr. Stephen Ziegler

Episode 13: Opioid Tapering, With and Without Consent

Depending on the patient and their condition, a voluntary and consensual reduction in dosage or substitution of certain pain medications may actually help. However, there is ample evidence that involuntary tapering is also occurring across the United States, and without consent. This practice not only violates medical ethics, evidence exists that involuntary tapering without consent has resulted in increased pain and even suicide. We discuss voluntary and involuntary opioid tapering with Dr. Beth Darnell of Stanford University, as well as her current study involving voluntary tapers with patient consent:

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