• By Vivien Williams

Mayo Clinic Minute: Avoid opioids for chronic pain

December 19, 2016

woman with shoulder painAccording to the American Academy of Pain Medicine, pain affects more Americans than diabetes, heart disease and cancer combined. Some people with chronic pain turn to long-term, opioid pain killers to help ease their suffering. But, are opioids the right answers for treating chronic pain?

In this Mayo Clinic Minute, reporter Vivien Williams talks to pain management specialist Dr. Mike Hooten about using prescription opioids for chronic pain.

Watch: The Mayo Clinic Minute

Journalists: Broadcast-quality video pkg (1:00) is in the downloads. Read the script.