Opioid painkiller dependence
can start with back pain

Approximately 1 in 12 people prescribed an opioid painkiller will become dependent at some point in their lives.1

If you think you or someone you know may have a dependence on painkillers, then you've taken the right step by looking for information here. We're here to help you learn about dependence, in particular to the group of painkillers called opioids, and to guide you in finding help to overcome it.

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It's important to talk to a doctor

A doctor will be able to assess if you may be dependent. If you are, your doctor will be able to help put you in touch with a counsellor or an addiction specialist in your area who understands how to treat your opioid painkiller dependence.

Reference: 1. Campbell GM et al. Pain Med 2015;16:1745–58.