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Amidst the Opioid-Epidemic Storm: Reflections of a Non-Opioid Anesthesiologist

By David J Samuels, MD, Facility Medical Director TeamHealth Anesthesiology, Select Physicians Surgery Center, Tampa, Florida. In 2016, Surgeon General, Vivek Murthy, MD, sent a letter to every physician in the United States enlisting our commitment to help end the opioid epidemic. He stated that the crisis was born from a “path of good intentions.”...

I Went Into Healthcare to Treat a Person, Not a Disease

Dr. William Cooke, Facility Medical Director (FMD), at Scott Memorial Hospital in Scottsburg, Indiana, part of the LifePoint Group, saw a problem in his community about 15 years ago. In 2004, he opened a medical office in neighboring Austin, Indiana, called Foundations Family Medicine. Prior to this clinic, there had not been accessible healthcare in...

Beyond Clinical Medicine Episode 9: Addressing the Opioid Crisis

Listen in on conversations with leading clinicians across the country that cover all the things they don’t teach you in residency in our new podcast Beyond Clinical Medicine. The misuse and addiction to opioids have devastating consequences for our communities and has become a serious national crisis. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse,...

Addressing the Opioid Epidemic

The statistics are alarming—every day an estimated 91 people die in America due to opioid overdose and an estimated 1,000 more are treated in America’s emergency rooms. As the opioid crisis escalates and the human and societal impact mounts, hospitals and physicians alike are increasingly looking for ways to help patients manage pain throughout their...

Addressing the Opioid Epidemic Using Multi-Modal Pain Management Strategies

The statistics are alarming—every day an estimated 91 people die in America due to opioid overdose and an estimated 1,000 more are treated in America’s emergency rooms. As the opioid crisis escalates and the human and societal impact mounts, hospitals and physicians alike are increasingly looking for ways to help patients manage pain throughout their...