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Who is at risk for addiction to pain medication?

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Most people who take their pain medicine as directed by their doctor do not become addicted, even if they take the medicine for a long time. However, some people may be at a higher risk of becoming addicted than others. People who have been addicted to substances in the past or those with a family member who is or has been addicted to drugs or alcohol may be at increased risk of becoming addicted to narcotics.

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American Society of Addiction Medicine.

Covington E. , May 1, 2007. Neorologic Clinics

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on January 22, 2018

SOURCE: 

American Society of Addiction Medicine.

Covington E. , May 1, 2007. Neorologic Clinics

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on January 22, 2018

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