Opioids may not be worth risk for some conditions, experts say

September 30, 2014 12:46 PM

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Opioids may not be worth risk for some conditions, experts say

A new position statement from the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) suggests that the risks associated with prescription opioids, including death, overdose, addiction, or serious side effects, outweighs the benefits among chronic, non-cancer conditions, including fibromyalgia, headache and chronic lower back pain. The position paper was published in the September 30, 2014 print issue of print issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

Opiods are a collection of pain medications including codeine, morphine, oxycodone, methadone, hydrocodone, fentanyl, or a combination of the drugs with acetaminophen.

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