New York Times | Prescribing Opioids: How Many Are Too Many?

What’s the right painkiller prescription to send home with a patient after gallbladder surgery or a cesarean section? That question is front and center as conventional approaches to pain control in the United States contribute, in the opinion of some experts, to a culture of overprescribing that aggravates the nation’s epidemic of opioid overuse and abuse. Last year, Marty Makary, a surgeon, researcher and professor of surgery at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, wondered why...

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