Ultimately, the opioid crisis gripping America today is about pain.
More specifically, it’s about how we as medical professionals address pain, representing a shift in philosophy over the last several years. Rather than apply the same guidelines to opioids that we apply to antibiotics — Is there a legitimate medical purpose for these drugs? What are the professional standards that doctors apply to prescribing them? What is the metric for determining the correct amount? — too many doctors have bypassed those critical questions because someone gave us an easy solution.