Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Remember That Many People Need Opioids

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Remember That Many People Need Opioids

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Regarding the PG series "Overdosed": We're back to the hysteria about opioids. These are pain relievers that can be needed to reduce pain. They are effective and sometimes extremely necessary. I guess it goes in cycles.

Twenty years ago, my wife slipped on some black ice. We drove to the emergency room, where they X-rayed her leg and confirmed she had a broken ankle, a spiral fracture. They fitted her with a boot, and as the resident was leaving, I said, "Give her something for pain." The resident said there are some very good over-the-counter remedies, such as Tylenol. I interrupted him and said sternly and perhaps slightly angrily, "Give her something for pain." He prescribed Percocet and left.

I had some horrible leg pain, which almost made it impossible to walk. …

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