An Opioid Epidemic Is What Happens When Pain Is Treated Only with Pills

December 23, 2016

(The Washington Post) – How can a doctor know when opioids are right and when they’re wrong? The CDC issued new guidelines this year. But there are other players in this game: private insurance companies, Medicare, Medicaid, Veterans Affairs and so on. That’s the reimbursement system, and it’s skewed toward pills.