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Opioids, A Second Look

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by Christopher King, NP


At the beginning of June 2019, I attended the International Conference on Opioids (ICOO) held at Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts. I believed that I was fairly well informed about the opioid crisis in this country, and I hoped to learn enough to give chronic-pain patients better rationales for denying opioid prescriptions. I was sure that information shared at the conference would support two important positions: some of these drugs often are not indicated for chronic pain, and overprescribing may have dire consequences. However, information shared during some of the presentations made me question the rigidity of my beliefs.



The scope of the problem is immense. From 1990-2012, opioid prescriptions in the United States increased from under 1 million to over 255 million. ...


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Christopher King, NP

Christopher's nursing experience after undergrad was primarily working in Emergency medicine in Central and Coastal Maine. In 2014 Christopher went back to school for his Master's Degree and graduated in 2016 from the University of Southern Maine with his MSN. Currently Christopher works for New England Sport and Spine in Manchester ME. When not working Christopher enjoys the Maine outdoors with his wife, children and 2 dogs. 


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