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Opioid prescription study sparks talk of nondrug approaches to chronic pain

from PT in Motion

A new study on access to prescription opioids has garnered media attention—and triggered more discussion about the need for physicians to more carefully consider other treatments for chronic pain, including physical therapy. The study, covered by Reuters, The Boston Globe, and other media outlets, found that more than 90 percent of individuals who survived a prescription drug overdose were able to get another prescription for the same drug after the overdose. And it would seem that for the most part, it wasn't that hard to do — 70 percent of the people who obtained the postoverdose prescription got it from the same physician who prescribed it earlier. more

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