Maybe it’s re­ally an acute pain cri­sis

RE: Opi­oid cri­sis

The Hamilton Spectator - - OPINION -

The lat­est news that the opi­oid pre­scrip­tion rate has al­most quadru­pled has doc­tors be­ing ac­cused of over­pre­scrib­ing these drugs. Maybe it’s not an opi­oid cri­sis, but an in­di­ca­tion that there are a large num­ber of pa­tients who are suf­fer­ing acute daily pain.

As­pirin and ac­etaminophen can only be used to man­age cer­tain lev­els of acute pain. The re­ports on opi­oid abuse add a sense of shame to those who re­quest some re­lief from their daily pain. Un­for­tu­nately, some of the daily suf­fer­ing is a re­sult of long waits for surgery for that dam­aged knee, hip or shoul­der. Bill Jur­gen­son, Vineland


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