Painkiller use high among soldiers returning from war, researchers say

July 1, 2014 3:00 PM

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Painkiller use high among soldiers returning from war, researchers say

A recent research letter links chronic pain and opioid use by U.S. soldiers. The survey included soldiers who recently returned home from deployment, with 44 percent reporting chronic pain and 15.1 percent reporting recent use of opioid pain relievers.

The extent of chronic pain and opioid use linked to deployment is not well known, despite the large numbers of wounded soldiers. Authors of the research study looked at how widespread chronic pain and opioid use was after deployment in active-duty infantry soldiers who were not seeking treatment.

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