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April 09, 2016

Opioid Abuse
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Abuse of opioid pain medications is a serious health problem in the U.S. In an effort to address it, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently issued new, more stringent guidelines for prescribing these powerful painkillers. Primary care internal medicine specialist Dr. Jon Ebbert discusses how opioids can best be used to treat acute and chronic pain. Also on the program, cardiologist Dr. Stephen Kopecky explains how prolonged stress can increase cholesterol levels. And, general internal medicine researcher Dr. James Kirkland talks about how destroying cells that contribute to frailty and other conditions associated with aging in mice may someday benefit humans.
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Mayo Clinic Radio:Opioid Abuse
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