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Physicians and opioids: Part of the solution, but challenges ahead

By: James S. Gessner, MD, President Massachusetts Medical Society, Guest Contributor With more than 200 million prescriptions for opioid medications being written every year, itís hard to escape the notion that physicians must share some of the blame for creating the opioid epidemic facing the nation. The criticism has come from many quarters. Editorial writers have pointed the finger of blame, as have high-ranking elected officials. More than a third of the American public…

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