John Stamatos from Northwell Health: Prescribing Opioids a Way of Life in Everyday Practice

OCTOBER 14, 2016
Gale Scott

As the main treatment in pain medication opioids are widely prescribed for patients who need them. Balancing that with the risk of addiction and abuse is something providers deal with on a regular basis.

John Stamatos, MD, director of Pain Management at Syosset Hospital, part of the Northwell Health System, discussed the role of opioids in his and other's practices during a recent interview with MD Magazine. Noting the difficulty on staying on narcotics for a long period of time, Stamatos said there are steps that need to be taken to keep not only patients, but those around them as safe as possible.

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