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Are There Any Alternatives When A Physician Offers My Child Opioids for Pain?
by Corey W. Hunter, MD, FIPP
Whether your child has struggled with opioid dependence or other substance use issues previously, or whether you’re just concerned about the current opioid crisis, there’s good reason to want your son or daughter’s pain to be managed by something other than prescription opioid pills. Eventually, your child might have an orthopedic injury or need a tooth pulled at the dentist, so what happens then?
While opioid medications may be effective for treating pain in the short-term, they have an extremely high propensity for addiction and do nothing to address its underlying cause.
The good news is that there are many alternatives to opioids that can help alleviate your son or daughter’s pain. We’ve helped to spell them out for you and have provided guidance on how to ask your doctor about these alternatives: