How Can Doctors Stop the Opioid Epidemic?

Playing The Opioid Epidemic Deadlier Than AIDS Pandemic?

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The Doctors often discuss the growing opioid epidemic and are now sharing new findings that experts say it's deadlier than the AIDS epidemic in the 80s. Back in 2016, the death rate was over 60,000 and it continues to climb.

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ER physician Dr. Travis Stork shares the good news that some states are now putting limits on how many opioids a doctor can prescribe. For example, in Florida, they can only provide a 3-day supply. Plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Ordon speaks for all of them saying this is a major step in the right direction. 

The Doctors discuss how easy it is to get addicted to opioids and what they found with those who did, those victims of abuse all thought it would never happen to them. Even Dr. Travis says he was wary when he was prescribed them after a surgery. 

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OB/GYN Dr. Nita Landry explains it's not that doctors don't want to help patients alleviate their pain but rather, they want to provide alternative treatments that will still address the pain but will also not put patients at risk for addiction. As a patient, if you do get prescribed opioids, you should question about alternative options. 

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