New Study Says Opioids May Be No Better for Pain than Tylenol

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The negative news about some prescription painkillers is piling up.

A new study says opioids may be no better at killing pain than  Tylenol. A government study published yesterday compares opioids like  oxycodone and morphine to common painkillers when used by patients with  arthritis and chronic back pain. The long-term study found that after a  year of treatment, opioids weren't any better at improving pain related  to daily functioning, such as the ability to sleep and work.

It found that opioids were actually somewhat inferior to common  painkillers at controlling pain intensity, and had more side effects.  Lead author Dr. Erin Krebs bluntly stated what the  reaction to the results should be. “If they don't work better than less  risky drugs, there's no reason to use opioids given "their really nasty  side effects -- death and addiction."

A CDC study released yesterday, which examined data from 16 states,  hospital emergency department visits for suspected opioid overdoses  jumped 30 percent from July 2016 through September 2017. Some states saw  increases of 70 or 80 percent or even more.

Source: CBS News

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