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Chronic pain sufferers plead for nuanced approach to opioids


February 23, 2018

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Will Michele Jacobovitz get out of bed today?

That depends on how many painkillers she has left in her monthly prescription, which sometimes she's forced to ration. Some mornings are harder than others.

Jacobovitz, 56, has suffered from chronic pain since a 1987 car accident. The Pasco County resident has had 73 surgeries since, from her neck to her ankles, and she has the scars to prove it. In December, she was diagnosed with breast cancer.

She says it's impossible to function without popping a highly addictive painkiller with Acetaminophen and Oxycodone components, in...

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