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Treating Pain: Discuss risks, alternatives to taking opioids for relief with your doctor

By Dr. Kristy Deep Special to KyForward Treating pain is important and for many people, the reliance on opioids or narcotics may not be the best answer. The amount of opioids prescribed in the U.S. has quadrupled since 1999, but the overall amount of pain reported hasn’t changed. There are also risks from opioid pain medicines — including side effects and the risk of overdose. And according to...