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Jan 9, 2012

Thinking Our Way to Better Treatments of Chronic Pain

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Los Angeles County Department of Health Services, Los Angeles, California.

Arch Intern Med. 2012;172(1):10-11. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2011.547

Pain is common in the adult population, with 20% to 40% of adults reporting chronic pain.1 In primary care settings, up to 20% of visits generate an opioid prescription,1 and in the United States overall, 4 million adults are prescribed a long-acting opioid each year.2 As these prescriptions have increased, so have consequences, such as impairment, overdose, diversion, and dependence.2