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Not so “powerful” pain killers

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This got a mention in a post last week, but it needs a little more direct attention: a new JAMA trial has shown that regular pain-killers work just as well as opioids for severe, acute pain. Amazing.

 Maybe we all need to stop thinking of opioids as “powerful”? They may be as over-rated as placebo. See Opioids for Chronic Aches & Pains for the devil that is (always) in the details.

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