The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) reports there aren’t any studies that demonstrate the benefits of opioids for long- term pain control outweigh the risks. And those risks are substantial, including addiction for one-third of the patients who take opioids for chronic pain. Doctors have gotten that memo, and they’re beginning to educate patients accordingly. See how one California hospital system shares those facts with patients to stop addiction before it starts.
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