Opioids for chronic nonmalignant pain

    There's growing acceptance for using opioids for chronic nonmalignant pain...due to arthritis, back injuries, etc.

    Physicians have avoided using chronic opioids...except for cancer pain. They feared regulatory authorities...and feared that patients would get addicted.

    But now there's increasing awareness that chronic pain is not being treated well...and that opioids are often appropriate.

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