A ‘Civil War’ over Painkillers Rips Apart the Medical Community–and Leaves Patients in Fear
January 18, 2017
(STAT News) – Two years after the United States saw a record 27,000 deaths involving prescription opioid medications and heroin, doctors and regulators are sharply restricting access to drugs like Oxycontin and Vicodin. But as the pendulum swings in the other direction, many patients who genuinely need drugs to manage their pain say they are being left behind. Doctors can’t agree on how to help them.