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PainUPDATE: ABC AM program - Opioids like morphine could make some chronic pain worse

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An estimated one in five Australians suffer from some form of chronic pain. Loosely defined as 'pain that persists beyond a normal time of healing,' chronic pain is debilitating for sufferers and can trigger other medical issues like depression. Prescription drugs including opiates are a common treatment. But for some types of chronic pain this could actually be counterproductive. ABC's Lucy Carter reports on latest research looking at the long term consequences that morphine has for chronic pain, showning unexpectedly that morphine treatment actually doubles the duration of chronic pain in rat model.   

By Nagib Ahmed