Don’t let opioid furor cloud your judgment

“From the EMS point of view, patients experiencing nontraumatic pain have been too often overlooked. It may seem obvious that a broken bone is painful; however, abdominal pain and headaches without obvious distress present prehospital providers with a dilemma: to empathetically treat the patients’ reported pain at risk of perpetuating the opioid epidemic, or to prevent harm associated with downstream effects of opioid administration while allowing patients to suffer.”

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