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The opioid crisis 

Paul Ingraham ARCHIVEDMicroblog posts are archived and rarely updated. In contrast, most long-form articles on PainScience.com are updated regularly over the years.

The opioid crisis has been in the news a lot this year. Today I’m just doing my bit to spread the word, making sure my readers know about this. My position is a reflection of what most official guidelines now say: although opioids have their uses, no one should take them for chronic musculoskeletal pain, because …

Plainly stated, the risks of opioids are addiction and death, and the benefits for chronic pain are often transient and generally unproven.

~CDC Director Tom Frieden, press briefing in March

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