CBS/AP March 6, 2018, 3:45 PM
Opioids no better than Tylenol for chronic pain, study finds
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Last Updated Mar 7, 2018 9:24 AM EST
I don't know how to post links.....the above is an article I found on the Internet from CBS, but there are other sources with similar information.
I don't think the poster, or researchers, are accusing patients of abusing pain medications or planning to take away all opioids from patients in chronic pain.
New research is discovering acetaminophen words as well as opioids. In some cases, with some patients. Also complementary alternative methods have been found useful, yoga, acupuncture, meditation, etc.
Just as antibiotics don't need to be given for every infection, ear ache, sore throat, etc., opioids don't need to be given to every patient in pain.
Yes there are many times antibiotics are very appropriate, yes there are many times short and long term opioids are appropriate for patients.
No one is insisting no patient ever gets opioids. Just that it is time for doctors to rethink how they are going to treat a patient in pain. Use evidenced based research, or this is how we've always done it.