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Nerve 'Memories' Hold Clues to Treating Chronic Pain

With the U.S. Congress focusing on an epidemic of opioid abuse in this country, some new research is focusing on chronic pain as one of the reasons people get hooked on pain meds. As VOA reported Wednesday, an estimated 30,000 people in the United States will die this year as a direct result of opiate abuse.   The United States consumes 80 percent of the world's prescription opiates, and an estimated 100 million Americans live with pain. The U.S. Congress, in a rare show of...

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