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Local doctors fighting the opioid epidemic

Local doctors fighting the opioid epidemic

Posted: Apr 4, 2018 9:13 PM

ROCKWELL, Iowa- The opioid epidemic is crushing the nation with the Centers for Disease Control saying an average of 115 people die every day from an opioid related overdose, but a couple of doctors in the North Iowa area are doing their part to try and fight back.
“These are regular people, moms, dads, lawyers, regular folks,” said Doctor Joshua Baker with West Fork Family Medicine. “There is a high mortality rate meaning people die when they start using opioids”
Doctor Baker is one of only a handle full of doctors in our area who took an 8 hour class to be able to prescribe Suboxone. He says the drug satisfies the craving for opiates as well as limit the high felt after taking the drugs. While Doctor Baker says many doctors don’t have a license to prescribe the drug, he says there is a reason why.
“Sometimes their behavior is not really appropriate and this is sort of the drug making them act that way,” he said. “It’s not who they really are, but doctors don’t want to deal with the behavioral issues that can come with substance abuse disorders.”

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