Good feelings in the midst of chronic pain
from Scientific American
Experts at the National Institutes of Health estimate that 25.3 million adults in the U.S. are living with chronic pain. Although the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends against opioids as a first-line or routine treatment for chronic pain, the rate of opioid prescriptions has increased dramatically in recent years, contributing significantly to the U.S. epidemic of opioid addiction, overdose and overdose death. The rise in opioid prescriptions is driven by a number of factors that include patient demand and insurance reimbursements tied to patient satisfaction scores.
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