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There's No Proof Prescription Drugs Beat Chronic Pain: NIH Report

By    |   Friday, 16 Jan 2015 03:18 PM

The number of prescriptions for prescription painkillers has skyrocketed over the last two decades despite little evidence they fight chronic pain over the long term, a new government report says.

Research is used to justify the use of these narcotic drugs, but the study, commissioned by the National Institutes of Health, found little or no evidence for their use

The NIH report criticized the pro-painkiller studies, saying they were poorly conducted and of insufficient duration.

In fact, when it comes to long-term pain, “there’s no research-based evidence that these medicines are helpful,” said lead author Dr. David Steffins, chair of psychiatry at UConn Health in Farmington, Conn.

However, prescriptions for painkilling opioid drugs have more than tripled in the past 20 years, with more than 219 million prescriptions written in 2011, according to the study.

A key problem with prescription painkillers is that they are likely to be abused. M
ore than 16,000 people died from prescription opioid overdoses in 2012, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Drug overdoses now cause more deaths than motor vehicle accidents for people ages 25-64.     

"There are certain syndromes, like fibromyalgia, where opioids are less likely to be effective and patients are more likely get into trouble with abuse," Dr. Steffens said.

The United States, with just 4.6 percent of the world’s population, consumes 80 percent of the world’s opioid drugs. That, says Steffens, makes this “a peculiarly American problem.”
 

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