There's general agreement that opioid abuse has reached epidemic levels in our country.
People from coast to coast started taking prescription drugs designed to counter pain, and now they can't stop.
A teacher at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) in Portland says primary care physicians should be the key players in curbing opioid addictions, but they lack the support they need. She outlines the issue in a recent essay in the journal Health Affairs.
Jessica Gregg, Associate Professor at OHSU, visits to flesh out her viewpoint.