Food for thought..

"In the next few days, every doctor in the United States will be receiving this letter (PDF) from the US surgeon general.

It's the first time that America's top doctor has reached out to all physicians. 

    But Dr. Vivek Murthy has an urgent reason: Americans are dying each year by the tens of thousands from overdoses of prescription painkillers such as Oxycontin and Vicodin. 

    "I am asking for your help to solve an urgent health crisis facing America: the opioid epidemic," Murthy wrote. 

    In his letter, which also appears on turnthetiderx.org, Murthy told physicians he understood their desire to keep their patients out of pain. 

    "It is important to recognize that we arrived at this place on a path paved with good intentions," he wrote."

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