In an attempt to address the opioid addiction and overdose epidemic in America, the government ordered a 25 percent reduction in injectable opioid production last year and an additional 20 percent reduction in 2018. Guess what? We now have a shortage of the needed supply for patients who deserve pain relief for surgeries, post-procedure recovery and chronic conditions. It has also resulted in dangerous errors as providers attempt to address their patients' palliative needs with substitute substances and procedures.
This Kaiser Health News update tells the story: Kaiser Health News - March 16, 2018
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