Dear Doctor, 
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Please consider the following facts: 
  • The number of people becoming addicted to and dying from opioids is directly related to the number of opioids we prescribe
  • We can greatly reduce the number of opioids we prescribe and treat pain better.
    • The science shows that oral opioids are less effective ‚Äčthan acetaminophen or NSAIDs in treating acute pain
    • Opioids have worse outcomes than the other options
For acute pain, Cochrane reviews reveal that oral opioids are less effective than other options.
For acute pain, opioids have worse outcomes:
  • They cause higher medical costs and delay recovery
  • They increase the risk of future disability
  • They increase the chance of future addiction
  • They double the risk of overdose death.