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Banding Together To Stop Opioid Addiction Where It Often Starts — In Hospitals

Doctors at some of the largest U.S. hospital chains admit they went overboard with opioids to make people as pain-free as possible, and now they shoulder part of the blame for the nation’s opioid crisis. In an effort to be part of the cure, they’ve begun to issue an uncomfortable warning to patients: You’re going to feel some pain. Even for people who’ve never struggled with drug abuse, studies are finding that patients are at risk of addiction anytime they go under the knife. “I had the C-section, had the kiddo,” said Michelle Leavy of Las Vegas. “And then they tell me, ‘It’s OK, you can keep taking the pain medications, it’s fin...

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