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Massachusetts Doctor Grapples With Her — And Pharma's — Role In The Opioid Epidemic18:31
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Tops to prescription bottles are pictured inside the Wal-Mart pharmacy Sept. 22, 2006 in Clearwater, Fla. (Robert Sullivan/AFP/Getty Images)
Tops to prescription bottles are pictured inside the Wal-Mart pharmacy Sept. 22, 2006 in Clearwater, Fla. (Robert Sullivan/AFP/Getty Images)

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.

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Dr. Elisabeth Poorman, primary care doctor, clinical instructor at Harvard Medical School and contributor to WBUR's Commonhealth. She tweets @DrPoorman.

This segment aired on July 31, 2018.

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