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Cope with chronic pain without opioids


Last updated 3/14/2019 at 4:32pm

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Natural treatments such as acupuncture can help alleviate pain and reduce the number of opioids prescribed.

Pain can impact nearly every aspect of a person's daily life from cleaning the house to going to work or playing with their children. In fact, according to the Institute of Medicine, 100 million Americans, or more than 30 percent of the population of the United States, suffer from chronic pain, which is pain lasting three to six months or longer.

Most often, chronic pain is treated using prescription opioids; however, the National Institutes of Health estimates 2 million people in the U.S. suffer from substance use disorders related to prescription pain relievers, while 60 people die every...

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