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Don’t blame the surgeons: Long-term opioid use rarely starts with surgery, study finds – LA Times

Don’t blame the nation’s surgeons for an opiate-abuse crisis that now claims 142 lives daily in the United States. New research suggests that patients leaving the hospital after surgeries or inpatient procedures are rarely the ones whose long-term opioid use

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Doctors From Top Medical Schools Prescribe Fewer Opioid Painkillers – NBC News

Doctors who got their training at low-ranked medical schools wrote three times as many opioid painkiller prescriptions as medics who earned their diplomas at Ivy League or other top-tier schools. That’s the headline of a new study by two Princeton

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Portland doctor responds to racism in the emergency room (Column) |

As white supremacists and neo-Nazis marched in Charlottesville, Virginia, a Portland doctor tweeted about her own experience with racism here in Oregon. Dr. Esther Choo’s Twitter thread about patient prejudice in the emergency room has been shared more than 22,000 times since

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