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Alison Scofield, who has been afflicted with multiple sclerosis since 1989, in her Stratford home on Friday. Scofield has pain in her legs and arms from the disease and takes a low dose of oxycodone to manage her pain.

All the talk about opioid painkillers contributing to America’s heroin and prescription painkiller addiction crisis has Alison Scofield worried.

Scofield, of Stratford, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1989. As her disease progressed, so did her pain levels. Every day, she experiences pain, usually in her feet, hands and right leg.

Scofield regularly sees a pain management specialist and takes a low dose of oxycodone.

“Most of us who suffer from chronic pain, no matter the cause ... do not get a high from our medication,” said Scofield, 61.

In recent years, she said, it has been harder to find doctors willing to treat those with chronic pain.

As overdose statistics rise and spread through suburbs and cities alike, public opinion and policy has turned against the widespread use of opioid painkillers, which can be the gateway to addiction.

A new law that will restrict opioid prescriptions to a maximum of seven days will go into effect in Connecticut on July 1, though it includes an exception for patients who suffer from chronic pain.

In addition, the president of the American Medical Association recently called on physicians to play a leading role in addressing the spread of opioid addiction — by limiting prescription of widely used painkillers like OxyContin and oxycodone even in states where the law doesn’t require it.

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