Drug policies seek to control opioid use

commentary /// Medicare


Medicare is committed to addressing the opioid crisis and helping its beneficiaries use prescription opioid pain medications safely

If you get injured or have surgery, your doctor may prescribe opioids, a class of drugs used to treat pain. Although opioids can be an important part of treatment, they carry serious risks of addiction, abuse and overdose, especially if used continuously. This is true even for seniors and other people with Medicare coverage.

While illicit use is part of the op...

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