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Features June 2018 Issue

The Other Opioid Crisis

In one of our country’s most unfortunate contemporary ironies, while opioids are destroying people’s lives and the lives of their family members throughout all strata of society — rich, poor, urban, suburban, rural — they are in short supply in hospitals around the country. This is true both for hospitals that serve people and those that serve their pets. Reports are coming in that in some hospitals, elective surgeries for people — gall bladder removal, hernia repair — are being postponed, while some people in postoperative recovery are said to be receiving less potent pain medication than they need.

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