After Opioids: Pain The Same, Even Less

May 16, 2018

Opioid painkillers work like magic, their users say: the pain they suffered just disappears.  Then comes the drawback: the drugs are addictive, and higher doses are needed over time to get the same effect. 

A researcher at OHSU, Oregon Health & Science University, studied pain levels in patients both before they began using opioids, and after they successfully kicked the addiction. 

His main finding: the pain is no worse, and can be even less. 

Dr. Travis Lovejoy performed the research and visits with details.