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How Has The Opioid Crisis Changed Prescribing Practices?

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A recent study found that New Hampshire reduced opioid prescriptions by 15% last year, the largest drop in the country.  How have physicians changed how they prescribe opiods in acute, and chronic care settings?


  • Dr. Richard Barth - Professor of Surgery at Dartmouth's Geisel School of Medicine and Chief of the Section of General Surgery at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. He conducted a study about the use of opioids for acute care after surgery. 
  • Dr. David Nagel - A physician who specializes in pain management at Concord Orthopaedics. He is the New Hampshire representative to the American Academy of Pain Medicine. Dr. Nagel is the author of Needless Suffering: How Society Fails Those with Chronic Pain. 
  • Michelle Ricco Jonas - Program manager for the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program. 

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