atMore Americans say they’re in pain. It’s a fascining and disturbing medical mystery.

Opioid painkillers may make us more sensitive to pain.

Pain is an incredibly complicated medical issue to diagnose, measure, and treat. Prescription painkillers meant to reduce the number of Americans living in pain have instead given rise to serious opioid addiction and an overdose epidemic.

But even as states (such as New Jersey) now try to curtail opioid abuse by limiting prescriptions, it’s critical that we see chronic pain as the serious public health issue it is, according to Hanna Grol-Prokopczyk, a medical sociologist at the University at Buffalo who’s doing some of the most interesting research on pain these days.

More Americans say they’re in pain. It’s a fascinating and disturbing medical mystery. – Vox

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