Doctors turn to ibuprofen and Novocain to curb opioid addiction

From Axios:

In the wake of the dangerous opioid epidemic that is currently plaguing the United States, some doctors have decided to forgo prescribing opioids and are instead turning to long-established drugs like Novocain and ibuprofen to perform surgeries, Bloomberg reports. They’re also increasingly advising patients to seek massage and mediation treatments to supplement pain medication.

“Opioids are being shunned,” said Lynn Webster, an anesthesiologist and vice president at PRA Health Sciences Inc.“Physicians are avoiding prescribing them for fear of losing their licenses.”