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How many people are addicted to prescription painkillers?
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Dr. Alan Ali
Psychiatry
In brief: Painkillers
Most common in chronic pain patients.

In brief: Painkillers
Most common in chronic pain patients.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali
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Dr. Geoffrey Tyson
Pain Management
In brief: Painkiller addiction
There are a lot of different types of "painkillers".
The class of medications associated with the development of addiction are the opiates like morphine, codeine, oxycodone, fentanyl, etc. Genetically about 15 to 20% of the population seems to be at risk for the development of addiction which is different than the physical dependence which most people will get on opiates if on them long enough.

In brief: Painkiller addiction
There are a lot of different types of "painkillers".
The class of medications associated with the development of addiction are the opiates like morphine, codeine, oxycodone, fentanyl, etc. Genetically about 15 to 20% of the population seems to be at risk for the development of addiction which is different than the physical dependence which most people will get on opiates if on them long enough.
Dr. Geoffrey Tyson
Dr. Geoffrey Tyson
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