Opioids, Pain, And Alternative Paths To Healing

Dec 7, 2017

Grant Dorothy and Scott Dover. Photo by Lori Walsh

In The Moment ... December 7, 2017 Show 235 Hour 2 

As America faces an opioid epidemic, South Dakota wrestles to keep a full-blown crisis outside our borders. We spend the hour discussing pain, alternative paths to pain management, and opioid overuse.

Scott Dover is the program manager for integrated health at the VA Medical Center in Sioux Falls. Grant Dorothy is a combat-wounded veteran. He served in Vietnam and gets his healthcare at VA.

Next we hear from Dr. Richard Holm who says physicians and pharmaceutical companies are partly to blame for the current crisis.

Dan Heinemann

Then we welcome Dr. Dan Heinemann, Medical Officer for Sanford Health.  We talk about Sanford's system-wide efforts to be part of the solution. Dr. Rohit Mahajan, Sanford pain specialist, joins us to discuss empathy and evidence in narcotic-free pain management.