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As Opioid Crisis Worsens, Medical Providers Look For Alternatives

Curt Hayes, an oral surgeon in Lafayette, Colorado, holds up a bottle of a Exparel, a local anesthetic that is not an opioid. (John Daley/CPR News)
Curt Hayes, an oral surgeon in Lafayette, Colorado, holds up a bottle of a Exparel, a local anesthetic that is not an opioid. (John Daley/CPR News)

Given the extent of the opioid crisis, some medical providers are taking the lead when it comes to looking for alternative, non-addictive painkillers.

As John Daley (@CODaleyNews) from Colorado Public Radio explains, the crisis is prompting a sea change in attitudes about prescribing medications.

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