One-Quarter of Narcotic Painkillers Misused, Study Shows

April 1, 2015 1:00 PM

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WEDNESDAY, April 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Almost a quarter of powerful narcotic painkillers that are prescribed for chronic pain are misused, and the rate of addiction among patients hovers near 10 percent, a new review shows.

The findings raise questions about the benefits of widespread use of these painkillers to treat chronic pain, the researchers said.

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