Chronic Pain is a serious condition, from which relief is sought through various treatments. While medications are a popular solution, the downside is that opioid medications can lead to addiction. However, addiction is relatively rare and often coincides with a genetic predisposition for such. The more typical outcome is a physical dependence, which is not the same as addiction. Nevertheless, patients and doctors are often afraid to take or prescribe opioid medications because of the misunderstanding about the addiction risk.
Yesterday I told you about the Obama Administration's new program aimed at reducing prescription drug abuse and the FDA's new opioid Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies. You can read that announcement here: White House and FDA Announce Plans to Reduce Prescription Drug AbuseWhile I'm all for reducing the abuse of prescription…