Wellness Tip

Dealing with chronic pain? Talk with your doc about alternative treatment options to opioids, which may be more trouble than they’re worth.

Opioids like oxycodone, hydrocodone, morphine or codeine have become an increasingly common treatment for chronic musculoskeletal pain. But as their use has skyrocketed, so has their abuse. Yet here’s the surprising truth: These prescription medications aren’t any more effective than non-opioid pain-relieving drugs in treating these kinds of pain syndromes. In view of the growing opioid addiction problem, the Food and Drug Administration has announced a number of changes. Drug labels, risk education and increased monitoring are all part of this initiative. Both prescribers and patients are being targeted. If you are receiving treatment for chronic pain, talk with your physician about alternative strategies for pain


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