Treating cancer patients like criminals won’t solve the opioid crisis

When I woke up from laparoscopic surgery at Monroeville, Pennsylvania’s Forbes Hospital to remove 6 inches of my colon and a pingpong ball-size tumor from my body, I entered into a medical system so frightened of the specter of addiction (and, I imagine, potential ensuing lawsuits) that treating what I know to be my legitimate pain during recovery became a distant afterthought.

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