Prescription painkillers – 3
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. I’m Joe Balintfy. Opioid-based pain medications have the potential to produce addiction in vulnerable people.
Volkow: So physicians need to be trained also themselves on what is it that they need to ask and know about the patients they are going to be prescribing these very powerful pain medications.
Narrator: Dr. Nora Volkow is an institute director at the NIH
Volkow: Actually, many of them are intimidated to ask the questions.
Narrator: Questions doctors should ask include, do you drink, have you ever been addicted to drugs, and do you smoke. For more about the risks and benefits of prescription painkillers, as well as training resources for doctors, visit www.drugabuse.gov. Health Matters is produced by the NIH, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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