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The Challenge of Balancing Pain Management and Addiction

Treating pain is an important part of medicine, but it also requires a delicate balance against the risks of patient addiction. The most commonly used medications for relieving moderate, severe, and chronic pain are opioids, and these are highly addictive. Millions of people have fallen victim to one or more of these drugs, and it is not only the pain patient at risk. Friends and family members with access to a patient’s pain medications may abuse them or sell them to others.

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Prescription Opioid Use During Pregnancy Can Trigger Withdrawal in Newborns

New findings from an American research team indicate that even short-term use of prescription opioid medications during pregnancy can lead to neonatal abstinence syndrome, a condition normally associated with illicit/illegal opioid drug consumption.

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