As a chronic-pain sufferer myself, I read the Feb. 2 Health & Science article “Chronic pain meets worries about opioid addiction” with great interest. But I question the statistic that 28,647 people died in 2014 from “prescription opioids and heroin overdoses.” Is that equating heroin with prescription opioid painkillers? There is a big difference between the two, from legality to effect. That number should have been parsed into two drug overdose death statistics.
Patrick Clarke, Rockville