High costs curb doctors’ ability to find opioid alternatives

From the Ledger-Enquirer:

Doctors are left in a predicament: How do you shepherd someone like Ken Manning through a devastatingly painful injury, days of local pain after surgery, and then years of chronic pain without him becoming addicted to opioids and all while seeing him in the 15-minute intervals that most doctors are allowed with patients?

Some doctors are looking for alternatives to replace opioids, but there seem to be few viable options for acute pain, and chronic pain patients must often overcome significant financial barriers to access other treatments.

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