Handling chronic pain may curb opioid epidemic, doctors say


COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) — For many people, pain fuels the opioid crisis. In fact, according to the CDC, Ohioans are being prescribed opioids at a higher rate than the U.S. average. However, state health officials said if people can handle how they treat their pain this may curb the epidemic.

Psychologists from across the country gathered at the statehouse in late January to come up with solutions to fight the opioid epidemic. They said the majority of people affected by the crisis didn’t do it to get “high,” it was to manage pain.