Opioids are intended to treat pain, but they’ve become controversial since they were found to be highly addictive, contributing to hundreds of thousands of overdose deaths in recent years and creating a national opioid epidemic. Now, a new study published in JAMA reveals that the potent painkillers provide little benefit for patients with chronic pain, contrary to popular belief. The study, led by Jason Busse, an associate professor and researcher at McMaster University’s Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Pain Research and Care, found that compared to placebo, opioids only offered small improvements in pain, physical functioning and sleep quality in ... Read More
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