Newsclip®: [Health] Doctors urged to say 'no' to opioid requests

"Patients in Pennsylvania should be prepared to hear the word “no” if they ask their physician to prescribe an opioid painkiller. Doctors are often pressured by patients in pain to prescribe powerful narcotics. But recommending an alternative treatment, no matter how difficult that might be, may be a better course of action, according to Dr. Scott Shapiro, the president of the Pennsylvania Medical Society. Shapiro was one of several physicians who gathered in Harrisburg Tuesday to launch a new program that takes aim at the state-wide, and national, opioid epidemic with an internet advertising and social media campaign. The initiative is designed to prepare doctors for a prescription drug monitoring system that will be operating by the end of the year. “An opioid is not a magic bullet for pain,” Shapiro said. “The patient needs to understand that. It’s a good tool in the toolbox, but it’s not a one size fits all solution.” The society is", www.philly.com


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