Speech to Text for DEA releases database about opioids to the public
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coming up. specialists of southern oregon. she explains what one doctor thinks about the data. this data is brand new to the public. however it only shows the data up to 2012. the doctor i spoke to inside today says those numbers have decreased since then. at least in our community. take two line joan robertson-geisler lives in grants pass shock. totally shock. because the numbers were so staggering. this weekend one of the drug enforcement administration's databases became public. joan robertson-geisler lives in grants pass higher than i ever imagined then it could be. the past few years we've heard the words opioid crisis, or epidemic. take joan joan robertson-geisler lives in grants pass those were just words and we can see it, we hear about the devastation but it became very tangible when i saw those numbers. this database shows the entire country. the darker the color the more pills that were dispensed. if you zoom into our region. you can click on each county. like josephine county. which is wear joan robertson- geisler lives. joan robertson-geisler lives in grants pass 79 pills average prescribed to every man, woman and child in my county. take joe joe savino md dabpm fipps partner at pain specialists of southern oregon i think that issue changed dramatically over the last several years. joe savino is a doctor at pain specialists of southern oregon. joe savino md dabpm fipps partner at pain specialists of southern oregon the role that opioids have played in chronic pain management has been too large in the past. we were grossley over prescribed those medications. he says now doctors and physicians are trying to change that. whether it's the medication they prescribed or what happens months after the surgery. joe savino md dabpm fipps partner at pain specialists of southern oregon we do a lot of counseling with expectations. you know you is just shocked by the static's and wants to see a change. joan robertson-geisler lives in grants pass i feel as though we need to figure out how we are going to go forward from here to make sure this doesn't happen again. savino believes there is another underlying problem. joe savino md dabpm fipps partner at pain specialists of southern oregon why do we have this problem now. when we haven't in the past. if you want to check your own county you can find a link to the database on our website kdrv dot com. live in medford leah thompson newswatch 12. a