Opioid medications are one solution for chronic pain relief. While there is concern over whether they are addictive, this apprehension has grown out of proportion to the actual risk and overshadows the benefits of opioids, which provide long-lasting relief with relatively harmless long-term side effects.
Most people who need to take opioids on a long-term basis for chronic noncancer pain are understandably concerned about what kind of effect it will have on them. Many have mistakenly believed that opioids destroy both the body and the brain – and possibly even shorten lives. Although pain management experts have long contended…