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Could I Get Hooked on Painkillers?

Source: Up to 70 percent of people with an opioid addiction will relapse following a traditional 12-step treatment.

1) Speak Up

If you are offered an opioid, ask your doctor if it’s really necessary. In many cases, over-the-counter pain medications, nonopioid prescription pain meds, or long-acting local anesthetics (like steroid injections) can be used instead.

2) Limit USe

Should you and your M.D. agree that opioids are needed, take the lowest effective dose for the shortest

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