Travis Rieder, author of “In Pain: A Bioethicist’s Personal Struggle with Opioids,” joins Ali Velshi to discuss his own opioid dependence and withdrawal after a serious motorcycle accident, and why it’s so important to understand that opioids are “complex medications,” which means they have both risks and benefits

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As opioid addiction and deadly overdoses escalated into an epidemic across the U.S., thousands of surgeons continued to hand out far more pills than needed for postoperative pain relief, according to a KHN-Johns Hopkins analysis of Medicare data

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An injured bioethicist learned firsthand how desperately patients with severe pain need the relief of powerful drugs—and how little support they get to stop taking them. Our Travis Rieder shares an essay adapted from his forthcoming book ‘In Pain: A Bioethicist’s Personal Struggle with Opioids’

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“We weren’t happy when a billboard went up saying marijuana laws reduce overdose deaths,” said Brendan Saloner of Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics & Bloomberg School of Public Health. “That was very hard for us to rein in.”

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Some drug users say that as long as the lifesaving drug is around, they don’t worry as much about dying

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Federal prosecutors accused the company of illegally marketing its powerful fentanyl painkiller and of defrauding government health care programs

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Our Travis Rieder talks about his forthcoming book, ‘In Pain’, and explores the role of prescription opioids in American medicine with folks from the Advanced Academic Programs at Johns Hopkins

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“Buprenorphine patients remain disproportionately white and, while whites are more likely to have opioid addiction, the difference in prevalence alone is unlikely to explain this gap,” commented our Brendan Saloner

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