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Rieder (@TNREthx) raises important questions about the ethics of prescribing such highly addictive drugs, and he quotes researchers who found there is little to no formal training in pain or pain management in U.S. medical schools. In fact, veterinarians in Canada have more education in pain than U.S. medical students do, according to research cited in the book.

After his 2015 accident, Rieder says he was prescribed a number of opioid pain medications, which he needed to deal with the pain. But he says no one told him how to manage the addictive nature of these drugs.

“Nobody talked to me at all. And that’s really a huge part of the failure because I was in such severe pain,” Rieder tells Here & Now‘s Robin Young. “It’s hard to believe that I was really overprescribed in a really direct sense. What happened more is that they probably gave me too much for too long because nobody was talking to me, no one was managing me.”

…continue reading ‘What One Bioethicist Learned From Becoming Dependent On Opioids — And Weaning Himself Off’

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