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Non-narcotic pain system to be used more in southern W.Va.

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BECKLEY (WVVA) -- It's being called a medical breakthrough in the fight against narcotic abuse, and doctors in southern West Virginia are starting to use this system more widely in their practice.

It's called On-Q.

On-Q is a non-narcotic pain system, used mostly after surgeries for a quicker and more comfortable recovery.  

Doctors say it's similar to when a dentist numbs your teeth -- the treatment is concentrated to one area, and patients do not develop a dependency.

"We aren't sending narcotics outside the hospital into the community, which then sit in people's medicine cabinets that their children or somebody can be exposed to," says Dr. Judd Lindley, an OBGYN at Raleigh General Hospital.

Depending on the pain and the procedure, some narcotics may still accompany On-Q. 

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