The Doctor-Patient Relationship In The Opioid Crisis – Wisconsin Context

In hindsight, it’s plain to see that the boom in prescription opioids that started in the late 1990s coincided with an increase in opioid-related deaths in Wisconsin and across the U.S. As that crisis continued to escalate in the 2000s and 2010s, spurring more people to abuse heroin and fentanyl in addition to prescription drugs, the medical profession has done a lot of debating and soul-searching about how it defines and measures pain, and how aggressively clinicians should use opioids to manage it.