Opioids no better than NSAIDs for back pain

Opioid painkillers provide little relief for sufferers of low back pain, even in high doses.

This is the primary finding of a systematic review of 20 randomised controlled trials that looked at the efficacy of a variety of prescription opioid analgesics including morphine, oxycodone and tramadol.

The review supports other research that shows opioids are no better or worse than NSAIDs for treating low