Prescription painkillers – 2
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. I’m Joe Balintfy. Are you worried about using a prescription painkiller? Dr. Nora Volkow an institute director at the NIH says many of us may reject using an opioid-based medication even if it would be helpful.
Volkow: At the same time, there are other individuals that don’t realize that when they are not used properly, opioid medications can result in addiction. And if taken at quantities outside those recommended, it actually can lead to overdoses
Narrator: She says it is important for doctors to educate their patients about what opioid medications can do, what to expect from them, and how to take them. For more about prescription painkillers, visit www.drugabuse.gov. Health Matters is produced by the NIH, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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