Opioids offer little benefit in long-term chronic pain treatment, study says

Nola - New research suggests that prescription opioids may offer little more benefit than placebos for patients who are being treated for long-term, non-cancer-related pain.

The findings, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association and first reported by CNN, indicate that the benefits of opioid medication in treating chronic pain decrease over time, while the risk of certain side effects, such as vomiting and constipation, actually increase.