Published by The Washington Post

If you’ve never experienced chronic pain, or been around someone with a pain that just won’t end, it’s easy to dismiss opioids as evil and to make grand calls for their prescription restriction, or even outright bans.

But walk through any hospital’s critical care ward — spend some time with someone whose body has suffered a shock and awe that can’t be imagined — and it’s not too easy to simply say, hey, take an aspirin.

Hey, mind over matter.

Hey, take this, not that — it’s just as effective. That’s not always the case.

Military members who’ve had their limbs blown off might have a thing or two to say about their phantom pains.

Car wreck victims who’ve had their bodies crushed and backs and spines twisted might have a different story.

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