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June 2018


New Study Questions Value of Opioid Therapy for Chronic Pain

Long-term opioid use is sometimes prescribed for patients with chronic pain, such as headaches, back pain and arthritis. One-third of Americans deal with chronic, non-cancer-related pain. As opioid medications were increasingly used to manage chronic pain, the rate of overdose deaths related to opioids has also increased. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 64,000 Americans died of a drug overdose in 2016. This is five times...