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Back Pain and Opioid Dependence

Man holding his lower back, his back is x-rayed

Did you know? Nearly 26 million Americans live with frequent back pain, as reported by WebMD. While many turn to over the counter medications for pain, others look to their primary care physician for relief. It’s in these instances that a large majority of individuals are prescribed an opioid medication, some of which include hydrocodone, oxycodone or a combination of an opioid pain reliever and acetaminophen. While these drugs are useful in relieving pain, they are best intended for short-term usage, and can become dangerous if abused. In fact, health officials have deemed opioid use and addiction as an epidemic. Continue reading.