July 11: When Patients Need Opioids to Ease the Pain

Some patients genuinely need powerful painkillers to make their excruciating existence at least somewhat tolerable.

My patient, a yoga instructor, had already received a week of chemotherapy, so he couldn’t be called a complete newcomer to the side effects of his treatment. But he was still bracing himself for what was yet to come.

Read the full article here on the New York Times.