1.5 billion people worldwide suffer from chronic (recurrent and long-lasting) pain, in the US alone this exerts more than a $600 billion drain on the US economy annually due to lost productivity. The prevalence of pain conditions must be addressed in a comprehensive, all-encompassing manner. To seek explanation for the variability of opioid response is one of many important facets in easing the burden of chronic pain upon our society, as is understanding the heritability of pain.

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Personalized Medicine: Genetic Testing for Predicting Opioid Response