Christien was prescribed an opioid pain medication for her chest pain in 2006. At first, it helped relieve the symptoms. But soon, it stopped working. In the time since Christien was first prescribed pain medication, the Oregon Medical Board has advised that taking high-dose opioid medication dramatically increases the risk of death from overdose. During that first visit, Nathan Mason, MD, of Sweet Home Family Medicine, shared his assessment with Christien and her husband.
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