Opioids have garnered a great deal of media attention lately – much of it I’ve written about and been deeply interested in. As a doctor who has worked with people who suffer from the most severe forms of chronic pain throughout my medical career, I have witnessed both sides of the opioid issue. Many of my patients have benefited from their prescriptions. Many have benefited more from alternative therapies.
Life does not always have clearly defined sides, and sometimes the best answer lies between the black and white. My mission is to help people with chronic pain find some relief, something that cannot be solved solely with opioids or settled by abandoning them. As a physician, my job is to ensure the health and safety of my patients.