Risks of Taking Opioids Can Outweigh the Benefits

September 30, 2014 2:46 PM

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The risks of taking long-term narcotic (opioid) painkillers outweigh the benefits for certain health conditions, a doctor with the American Academy of Neurology concluded. In the statement, the doctor concluded that people with chronic headaches, low back pain and fibromyalgia, which is a syndrome characterized by pain and tenderness in their joints, muscles, tendons and soft tissues, are at risk of addiction if they continue to take opioids.

"This is the first position paper by a major American specialty society saying that there is a real problem here, and the risk might not be worth the benefit for certain conditions," the author of the statement, Dr. Gary Franklin, of the University of Washington in Seattle, said reported by TIME.

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