PSA: OPIOIDS ARE *NOT* SAFE NOR EFFECTIVE FOR LONG-TERM PAIN MANAGEMENT. It’s seriously time to pay attention to quite possibly the largest crisis in the US right now. I spend anywhere from 30-50% of my day [or 90-110% in cases like yesterday..] negotiating with patients [and their families–and even their Doctors (sigh)] to try to wean them off of these medications that are not only INCREASING their pain with chronic use (yup, you heard me!), but are also putting them at risk for serious injury and death. Opioids are awesome for certain indications but, I repeat, OPIOIDS ARE *NOT* SAFE NOR EFFECTIVE FOR *LONG-TERM* PAIN MANAGEMENT. They stop working after a few months of consistent use.