Pain? Many doctors say opioids are not the answer

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Those of you who have experienced pain, especially gnawing, chronic pain, know that it affects your happiness, outlook and ability to function.  In the last couple of years, the treatment of chronic pain has undergone an earth-shaking transformation as opioid addiction continues to claim – and ruin – lives.

Many primary care doctors no longer liberally prescribe opioid painkillers such as fentanyl, seen here, for back pain, migraines and other chronic conditions. Instead, they are increasingly turning to alternative medications and non-drug options such as acupuncture and physical therapy.

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