What would it take to completely solve the opioid addiction crisis? Dr. Elisabeth Poorman, a primary care doctor in Everett, says the answer is nothing short of the complete restructuring of the American health care system as we know it.
In a recent commentary, Poorman — who is also a clinical instructor at Harvard Medical school and a contributor to WBUR's Commonhealth — wrote about just how deep the ties are between medical education, medical practice and the pharmaceutical industry. She says it took more than a decade for her to realize that everything she'd ever learned about prescribing opioids was wrong.
Now, she is calling on the medical community to find a way to treat patients with chronic pain while being mindful of the potential for opioid addiction.
This segment aired on July 31, 2018.