Years ago, Dr. Michael Baron made a surprising discovery: Prescription painkillers often make chronic pain worse, not better. When he published his original research in 2006, this finding defied all logic.
“When I told my patients they’d have less pain if they stopped using pain meds, they told me I was crazy,” Dr. Baron recalls. “But when they went off the painkillers, their pain scores were consistently lower.”
Since then, Dr. Baron’s findings have been reproduced in study after study. Although pain medications have an important place in medicine, over-prescribing has contributed to an epidemic of prescription drug addiction.