Basic Painkillers Are Just As Effective as Opioids, Study Finds

With the opioid epidemic only continuing to grow — more than 500,000 people have died from drug overdoses since 2000, many from opioid overdoses — doctors are struggling to find better ways to manage pain. And now, a new study confirms what doctors and policymakers have been saying for some time: that opioids are overprescribed, and that for some types of pain, simple, non-opioid alternatives may work just as well. “The results did surprise me,” says study author Dr. Andrew Chang, professor of emergency medicine at Albany Medical Center. “Most physicians reflexively give opioids to patients with fractures or broken...

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