As overdoses from illicit opioids continue to rise across the country it is important that we make the distinction between those who abuse illegal drugs and the responsible patients who rely on medications to manage their chronic pain.
On Wednesday I got the chance to sit down with Newsy Tonight's Chance Seales to discuss those differences. It's true that we as a country must do more to combat the distribution of illegal opioids. We must also ensure that we aren't neglecting the patients who need pain management treatment. Their quality of life should always be the metric we use to determine if and when opioid treatments are necessary.