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More opioids, more pain: Fueling the fire

More opioids, more pain: Fueling the fire By: Shafik Boyaji, MD, Contributor, and David Boyce, MD, Contributor For more than a century, clinicians have noticed a paradoxical phenomenon: certain patients who are taking opioids (which are supposed to numb pain) become more sensitive to pain than those who are not taking opioids. …

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