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Veterinarians Have Very Small Role In Opioid Crisis

June 26th, 2019

Dr. Connie White (Class of 1997), President of the OVMA, recently clarified the role that veterinary clinics play in the abuse of prescription opioids. Although a few addicts may try to doctor shop for prescription drugs at their veterinarian, the numbers are insignificant.

Dr. White notes that opioid-type drug doses for pets are small and low-potency. “I don’t think that we’re a very big part of the problem at all,” says Dr. White. “If you look at the current epidemic which we have, which is heartbreaking, veterinarians have not played any substantive role in either getting us here or being the source of drugs which are responsible for opioid overdose.”

Full story on KATU.

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