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    Mayo Clinic Minute: When are opioids OK to take?

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says sales of prescription painkillers have increased dramatically in recent years. Some people who receive these medications may misuse them, but others may truly need them. So the question is: When are opioids OK to take?

In this Mayo Clinic Minute, reporter Vivien Williams talk to pain medicine specialist Dr. Mike Hooten about when it is appropriate to use opioid pain medication.

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