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  4. Do opioid medications need to be tried before meeting the definition of “intractable pain”?

The Office of Medical Cannabis relies on the professional judgment of the certifying health care practitioner as to whether the full range of treatment approaches appropriate for an individual patient have been sufficiently used to meet the program’s definition of intractable pain. It is not required that opioid medications be tried before meeting the definition of intractable pain,because opioid medications are not appropriate for some patients with chronic pain.


Source: Intractable Pain Certification in the MN Medical Cannabis Program: A Primer for Health Care Practitioners


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