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Untreated pain raises risk of drug and alcohol abuse

from Pain News Network

Nearly nine out of ten people who abuse drugs or alcohol have chronic pain and most are using the substances for pain relief, according to the findings of a new study at Boston University School of Medicine. The study seems likely to stir further debate about the nation’s opioid abuse problem and whether taking patients off pain medication or lowering their doses will only lead to more substance abuse. more

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