Studies review long-term opioid use, teen headache treatments

Two studies reported at the American Academy of Pain Management's annual meeting found long-term opioid use can be safe and reliable for noncancer pain relief and that chronic tension headaches in teens may be relieved through nonpharmacologic methods. In the opioid study, researchers reviewed 60 studies that examined treatment for more than six months. In the headache study, researchers from the Betty Ford Center said data on 83 adolescents showed that osteopathic manipulation, daily mindfulness and the Chinese practice of qi gong were better than drugs at getting rid of headaches.

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