Opioid backlash leaves some to struggle with chronic pain as physicians write fewer prescriptions

But some people should never have been prescribed opioids in the first place, experts say: They did not have cancer, did not require palliative care, and were not in chronic pain. Yet teens, for instance, are continuing to get prescriptions for menstrual pain and headaches, according to research by Julie R. Gaither, PhD, an instructor with the Department of Pediatrics, Yale School of Medicine.

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