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When Should Doctors Prescribe Opioid Painkillers?

At an upcoming seminar, Houston doctors will discuss the ethical concerns they face when prescribing opioids.


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According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, more than 115 people die every day in the U.S. after overdosing on opioids.

In attempt to quell the problem, several municipalities — including Harris County — are pursuing lawsuits against drug manufacturers, distributors, and doctors.

But what is the medical community itself doing to address this problem? And what are the ethical concerns doctors face when prescribing opioid painkillers?

That's the focus of an upcoming lecture Sept. 13 at 6:30 p.m. at Baylor College of Medicine called Prescription for Addiction? Reflections on Managing Pain During America's Opioid Crisis.

In the audio above, Houston Matters host Craig Cohen talks with Dr. Amy McGuire, director of the Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy at Baylor College of Medicine.