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Study: Opioids no better than NSAIDs for chronic back, knee, hip pain

A randomized study involving veterans with chronic back pain or ongoing, intense pain associated with osteoarthritis of the knee or hip found that opioids worked no better than acetaminophen or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, also found that the non-opioid cohort experienced fewer negative side effects and had less intense pain long term.

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