Dr. Andre Machado in TIME: We’re All Responsible For Our Opioid Reliance — Even Patients

Blame our healthcare ecosystem and our quick-fix culture

Opiods are remarkable, Andre Machado, M.D., Ph.D., chairman of Cleveland Clinic’s Neurological Institute, writes in a TIME magazine op-ed. But for some people,  they are a little too remarkable. The well-being sensation from a pill prescribed after a surgical procedure can be life-changing.

The problem, he says, is that too often, opioids are prescribed to treat chronic pain, a quick fix that can foster deadly addiction. Instead the goal of treatment for pain should be recovery of function, not complete resolution of pain.

Read the piece at TIME.com: We’re All Responsible For Our Opioid Reliance — Even Patients

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