Chronic pain and narcotics have been a topic of serious discussion in recent months. People seek pain medications for many chronic pain conditions such as low back pain and arthritis. Physicians often find it very difficult to convince these patients to stay away from narcotics. There is clear evidence that narcotic pain medications do more harm than good in any chronic pain.
A recent report in Journal of American Medical Association it was reported that there is no significant improvement in pain scores or any substantial improvement in function or disability by use of narcotic pain medication in chronic back pain. On the contrary, the research shows a higher risk of death from unintentional overdose and higher risk for heart disease-related deaths in patients taking narcotic pain medications.