Non-addictive Pain Medications

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Fewer Than 5% of People Prescribed Opioids for Chronic Pain Become Addicted

A systematic review, published in the October 2012 issue of the journal Addiction, found that only 4.5% of people who are prescribed opioid painkillers for chronic pain develop a problem with addiction.

 

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Researchers reviewed 17 studies, which involved a total of 88,235 patients. Most of the studies included adult patients with chronic non-cancer pain; two also included patients with cancer pain; only one included patients with a previous history of dependence. The...

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