Opioids: Could You Be Addicted?

Realizing your risks and knowing the warning signs can help you prevent or overcome dependency on your medication

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For most patients with arthritis, readily available and relatively inexpensive over-the-counter (OTC) drugs such as acetaminophen and an array of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are apt to provide satisfactory pain relief. Other patients, however, may require stronger medicine. Their pain is severe and disabling, and it occurs not in occasional flare-ups, but in unrelenting persistence over extended periods of time.
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