Texas can solve the problem of chronic pain

The tragic, high-profile death of Prince has shed much-needed light on a growing epidemic of chronic pain and prescription drug misuse in the United States.

Chronic pain affects as many as 100 million Americans — people who are hurting and desperately looking for a solution. In an effort to fight the pain, many have turned to opioids — drugs that help relieve the discomfort.

Opioids, including codeine, hydrocodone and Dilaudid, are among the most widely prescribed drugs for pain.

Unfortunately, these medicines also have led to a rise in overdoses, now a leading cause of death among Americans.

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