All it took was one paragraph. In 1980, a pair of doctors published a brief letter in the New England Journal of Medicine. Spanning a total of five sentences, the letter claimed, with little substantial evidence, that the development of addiction was very rare in hospitalized patients who briefly received opioids and had no prior history of addiction

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You can add Ohio to the list of state and local governments that are filing lawsuits against drug makers for spreading the opioid epidemic by allegedly downplaying risks and improperly encouraging prescribing of the addictive painkillers

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Listen now as our Travis Rieder joins the APA’s Medical Mind podcast to describe his experience of opioid withdrawal after a serious accident and outline a bioethical framework for opioid prescribing

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Research suggests some are seeking out painkillers when what they really need is Prozac

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Our Travis Rieder shares his harrowing experience with opioid withdrawal and his difficulties in finding a clinician to help him safely navigate the process

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Can virtual reality really soothe pain? Jo Marchant meets the doctors who say yes, and who hope this is a solution for the country consuming 80 per cent of the world’s opioid supply: the United States of America

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The Cherokee Nation is suing top drug distributors and pharmacies — including Wal-Mart — alleging they profited greatly by “flooding” communities in Oklahoma with prescription painkillers, leading to the deaths of hundreds of tribal members

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Many primary care doctors no longer liberally prescribe opioid painkillers such as oxycodone, fentanyl and hydrocodone for back pain, migraines and other chronic conditions. Instead, they are increasingly turning to alternative medications and non-drug options such as acupuncture and physical therapy

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