In November, Anita Gupta, D.O., Pharm.D., was quoted in a Healthline.com article titled “Most opioids go unused after surgery … Whose hands do they end up in?” The article described how overprescribing opioids for acute pain can lead to drug diversion. “Too many of these pills are ending up on the streets, flooding schools and communities – leading to overdoses,” said Dr. Gupta. In December, Michael Ashburn, M.D., was interviewed by HealthDay on a study which found opioids were often prescribed for chronic pain, yet only worked slightly better than placebo pills. “This is confirmation of the limited role opioids play in treating chronic, non-cancer pain,” stated Dr. Ashburn.

Mark C. Bicket, M.D., was featured on MedPage Today in February in an article suggesting policy interventions, beyond controlling the supply of opioid prescriptions, are needed to curb the opioid...

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