Maybe it’s really an acute pain crisis
RE: Opioid crisis
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