Doctors conduct study to help patients cope with chronic pain, overcome opioid addiction

KATC - Michael Kennedy knows all about coping with chronic pain. While vacationing in Mexico, he fell off a third-story balcony, breaking his back, his pelvis and both of his ankles. He would eventually have his right leg amputated.

“(Doctors) told me I was never going to walk again,” he says. “I was just in excruciating pain all the time.”

In an attempt to numb that pain, doctors gave Kennedy a smorgasbord of prescription pills, which led to an opioid addiction that almost caused him to take his life.