In this episode, we welcome special guest Ronald A. Zent, a family physician, to discuss the ongoing opioid crisis. With a fourfold increase in opioid prescriptions and overdose deaths from 1999-2010, Ronald shares his insights on how the medical community has been duped and the role of big pharmaceutical companies in influencing the prescription of dangerous and addictive medications.
Ronald also shares his views on pain management and encourages prescribers to think critically about their actions and consider the potential consequences for their patients. He encourages a more robust discussion on pain in general and emphasizes the importance of avoiding outpatient long-acting opioids and allowing fentanyl only in a hospital setting, if at all.
Join us for a thought-provoking discussion on the opioid crisis and the role of health care professionals in reducing the number of needless deaths from prescription overdoses.
Ronald A. Zent is a family physician.
He shares his story and discusses his KevinMD article, “How were we duped and what can we do about the opioid overdose crisis?”
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