The Increasing Severity of the Opioid Crisis

So often, when I go to doctor’s offices in the community to talk about how we can all work together to combat the opioid crisis, I hear “We don’t do that here.” And I have to ask them what they mean. Do you not have patients who struggle with opioid dependence? And the answer is usually that they leave it up to someone else – maybe their primary care doctor or just – someone else. In 2017, more than 70,000 Americans died of an overdose, many of them right here in New England. It’s time to rethink how we handle the opioid epidemic – as individuals and communities. Please read this article from The Guardian to learn more.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/ng-interactive/2018/nov/29/usdrug-overdose-epidemic-opioids-crisis-getting-worse