Opioids ease osteoarthritis pain only slightly. Their deadly risks need to be weighed against any benefit

Osteoarthritis is one of the leading causes of disability, affecting more than 500 million people globally.

Most doctors encourage physical activity, maintaining a healthy weight and short-term use of a simple painkiller like paracetamol to manage the pain.

Opioids, like codeine, morphine or oxycodone, have a reputation as powerful painkillers and are commonly prescribed for…

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News Source: https://theconversation.com/opioids-ease-osteoarthritis-pain-only-slightly-their-deadly-risks-need-to-be-weighed-against-any-benefit-171936

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