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Is a push to treat chronic pain pressuring doctors to prescribe opioids to addicts?

In a recent New England Journal of Medicine Perspective piece (subscription required), Stanford psychiatrist Anna Lembke, MD, explored why physicians today experience intense professional pressure to prioritize pain treatment above other competing clinical issues.

Lembke discusses her work more in-depth in a podcast posted today on the blog Substance Abuse 411. During the conversation, she touched on reasons contributing to prioritizing pain treatment above other competing clinical issues and offered recommendations to address such problems.

Previously: Why doctors prescribe opioids to patients they know are abusing them

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