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Preventing a Prescription for Abuse: Alternatives to Opioid Narcotics for Pain After Surgery

June 3, 201614 min
Host: Brian P. McDonough, MD, FAAFP

Each year more than 70 million post-surgical patients are prescribed opioids. Research shows 1 in 15 will go on to use the medications long term, potentially putting them at risk for addiction and overdose. Host Dr. Brian McDonough sits down with Dr. Susan Downey, a board-certified plastic surgeon, to talk about opioid abuse and what alternative prescription options are available instead of narcotics.

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