Opioid addiction in Massachusetts has become a serious problem with more than 1,000 residents dying of opioid overdoses in 2014. At the same time, pain management is an essential part of every medical practice, requiring clinicians and care teams to carefully consider the best treatment for patients who are suffering. Opioid medications can play an important role in managing pain, though misuse or abuse of opioids can also lead to significant patient and societal consequences.

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