Prescription painkillers – 4
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. I’m Joe Balintfy. Managing chronic pain is a challenge. Dr. Nora Volkow an institute director at the NIH says finding the balance between prescribing an opioid medication and the potential risks with those painkillers is a complicated question for doctors.
Volkow: These answers will come on a personalized basis because each patient is different but it does highlight the responsibility that both the physician and the patient have to maintain a dialogue that will allow them to be able to optimize the beneficial effects of these really remarkable medications when used as needed.
Narrator: For more about prescription painkillers, including training resources for physicians, 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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