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On Pain: People with chronic pain say a crackdown on opioids makes their lives harder

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Courtesy Larry Rowland
Larry Rowland says Percocet has reduced his back pain significantly and enabled him to go on this December, 2021 cruise with his wife, Susan LeTerneau

Larry Rowland takes Percocet daily for chronic back pain. He’s on the lookout for alternatives but in the meantime he says the national opioid crisis is making his life more difficult. Kate Nichols recently formed the Colorado-based National Pain Advocacy Center. She’s advising the CDC on possible revisions to guidelines for prescribing opioids. They spoke with Andrea Dukakis for our series, "On Pain."