Dr. Patrick Johnson appeared recently on the Dr. Phil Show, along with a panel of other distinguished physicians and surgeons, to discuss the growing opiod crisis in America.
“I get the feeling that so many of our viewers think because they might acquire these pills with a prescription, that that means it’s OK,” Dr. Phil says. “If they’re taking these things for extended periods of time, it’s changing who they are, medically, biochemically in every way.”
Dr. Johnson indicated that a normal course for opioids is a week to 10 days. “I think that it’s unusual when somebody needs surgical post-operative pain management for four weeks,” he says.