Opioids for chronic pain

    You'll see more physicians prescribe opioids for chronic pain...due to arthritis, back injuries, etc.

    Physicians and pharmacists have avoided using lots of opioids...except for cancer pain. They feared regulatory authorities...and feared that patients would get addicted.

    But there's increasing awareness that chronic pain is being inadequately treated...and that opioids are appropriate when other treatments aren't effective or tolerated.

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