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OPINION | Haider Javed Warraich

Managing pain without painkillers

A day hardly passes without another death from heroin use in New England. One of the main drivers of the heroin epidemic is the rise in prescription drug abuse, triggered by the prevalence of highly addictive opioid-based painkillers.

That’s a particular concern in this region, which according to a recent study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine has highest sales of, and some of the highest rates of overdoses from, these drugs. That’s why it’s important that doctors and researchers here are leading the way toward alternative ways to treat pain.

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