Doctors face opioid dilemma

Undoubtedly, most doctors don't want to contribute to theopioid abuse epidemic sweepingthe nation. But they also want to keep their patients satisfied.And often, the only way to satisfy a patient is to give him hisfix.

In addition to the human instinct to ease a person's pain, atleast in the short term, doctors are under pressure to prescribepowerful painkillers from a provision of the Affordable Care Actthat partially bases Medicare payments to hospitals based onpatient satisfaction.

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