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Opiates no solution to back pain

By: Steven J. Atlas, M.D., MPH, Contributing Editor, Harvard Health Publications Over the last year, the general public has been inundated with a steady stream of reports about the dangers of opiates pain medicines like codeine, Percocet, and OxyContin. The harm in terms of ruined lives and death from illicit drugs such as heroin is not news. But what is new, and concerning, are the risks of prescription pain medicines those doctors…

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