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Opioids in the household: "Sharing" pain pills is too common

By: Monique Tello, MD, MPH, Contributing Editor A few years ago, I saw a patient with shoulder pain.* She’d been walking her dog; the dog had lunged at a squirrel and yanked her arm. Being a busy person, she had delayed coming in to be seen. In the course of the interview, she described how sleeping was awful, because if she rolled over onto that side, the pain was so severe it woke her…

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