By Dr. Halena Gazelka
Your medicine cabinet could be the gateway for someone else’s opioid addiction. That’s because many Americans keep leftover prescription painkillers long after their pain has subsided from surgery, broken bones and wisdom tooth extractions. The amount of unused narcotics lurking in American homes is impossible to estimate, but evidence indicates the stockpile is substantial – and dangerous.
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Context: Halena Gazelka, M.D. is a Mayo Clinic anesthesiologist. Dr. Gazelka is affiliated with Mayo's departments of Palliative Care, Pain Medicine and Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine. You can reach more about Dr. Gaelka's medical research, including opioids, here.
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