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Opioids Are Bad Medicine for Chronic Pain, Say New Federal Guidelines

March 15, 2016

(Los Angeles Times) – In an attempt to combat the nation’s ongoing prescription drug epidemic, federal health officials Tuesday issued new guidelines that discourage physicians from prescribing painkillers such as OxyContin and Vicodin for the treatment of chronic conditions such as backaches, neck pain and migraines. The guidelines released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are not binding on doctors, but officials said other government agencies and private insurance companies could look to them in setting regulations.

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