Study: Chronic pain patients may do as well without opiates

INDIANAPOLIS — Doctors who treat patients with hip or knee arthritis, among other chronic pain ailments, may want to cut back or eliminate prescriptions for long-term use of possibly addictive opiates, according to a study led by researchers with Indiana connections.

The 12-month study of 240 patients showed that treatment with opioids was not better than treatment with non-opioids to improve pain-related functions.

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