Rethinking Pain Meds

New training teaches doctors to avoid opioids

The United States is facing an opioid epidemic of a tragic scale — 20,000 people die each year from prescription opioid abuse — forcing doctors and healthcare organizations to rethink how they treat patients in pain.

Doctors spend much of their time dealing with patients in pain but little time learning how to treat it. New programs that rely less on addictive narcotics are emphasizing a holistic approach that includes techniques like meditation and behavioral therapy. Based on new CDC guidelines, doctors are asking themselves, “does the benefit of prescribing opioids outweigh the risk of addiction?” For many, the answer is “no.”

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