Doctors spoke out Thursday about the lack of drug education in the state following the approval of a bill that would limit the supply of new opioid prescriptions.
Dr. Daren Anderson, who practices internal medicine at the Community Health Center in Middletown, trains other doctors about proper pain management.
He also teaches them about alternatives to opioids.
“You can't approach pain management just as taking a pill to make pain go away with chronic pain. There are other factors, so weight loss, smoking cessation, exercise and stress mitigation,” said Anderson.
Sue Kruczek knows that all too well. Her son Nick died of a drug overdose.
He had a promising future and was a star on his hockey team. But then he started using opioids.
Kruczek testified before lawmakers about the growing issue of opiod addiction.
“This is your face of addiction. It's our neighbor, our friend, our team-mate, our siblings, our children. It's too late for Nick, but something fast and furious needs to be done here," Kruczek said.
New treatment centers are opening to respond to the number of addicts in the state.
However, Anderson believes that an even better solution is good communication between doctors and patients.
Experts say most abused drugs come from family and friends.
Old drugs can be disposed of through a local police department.
For more information from the Drug Enforcement Administration, click here.
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