Is the Opioid Crisis Getting Better or Worse?

November 06, 2019

Proposed legal settlements for opioid manufacturers and distributors accused of contributing to the US opioid crisis are adding up into the billions.

Meanwhile, physician advocates are pointing out systemic barriers to caring for patients with opioid addiction and are urging flexibility to be able to prescribe the drugs to patients who need them after surgery.

"It is a public health problem occurring in all of our backyards," Ada Stewart, MD, president-elect of the American Academy of Family Physicians, said of the opioid crisis at the group's 2019 Congress of Delegates. But does the public conversation reflect the reality that clinicians on the front lines experience?

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