How can narcotics be used to manage chronic pain?

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The use of opioid analgesics (narcotics) in the management of non-malignant pain has been a controversial issue for many doctors, with the usual reasons for concern: addiction, oversight by state medical boards, and criminal diversion of drugs. However, research has shown that addiction seldom occurs when these medications are used in chronic pain states.

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Chronic Pain Treatment

Chronic Pain Treatment

Treatment for chronic pain is tailored to the characteristics -- cause, location, duration and type of pain, for example -- of your pain. Because of long-term side effects, over-the-counter pain relievers are usually not recommend...

ed. Alternative therapies such as electrical stimulation, acupuncture, meditation and psychotherapy to learn coping skills, stress management and relaxation are all helpful to people with chronic pain.
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