Harvard Health Blog
Is an opioid really the best medication for my pain?
By: Salim Zerriny, MD, Contributor, and David Boyce, MD, Contributor As physicians, many of our daily practices involve administration of substances that are shrouded in mystery. Certain medications, specifically opioids, have been part of tragic news stories, and have turned young children into orphans, happy spouses into widows and widowers, and once-aspirational youth into memories. The CDC reports that on average, 130 people die each day from an opioid overdose.