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Experts: Opioid Problem Difficult but Solvable

February 26, 2018

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WASHINGTON — Healthcare professionals can improve patient screening for opioid abuse and better identify patients with opioid use disorder, experts said here Friday, recognizing that these efforts will be difficult.

Speaking to a few dozen journalists at a day-long National Press Foundation-American Healthcare Journalists Association discussion, Caleb Alexander, MD, of Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health, and American Academy of Pediatrics CEO Karen Remley, MD, among others, urged practitioners to do more to help address the national opioid crisis.

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