- Nov 21, 1998
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The chronic-pain quandary: Amid a reckoning over opioids, a doctor crusades for caution in cutting back
The opioid crisis prompted doctors to regain control over prescribing patterns after years of lax distribution. But are those decisions destabilizing patients’ lives and leaving them in pain?
"When Kertesz thinks, he leans forward and pulls his hair back. His obsessive streak extends to both his career and his personal life. (He’s become a fencing fanatic, having taken up the sport less than six years ago.) When he talks about medicine, he pauses mid-conversation to point out whether his statements are based on randomized trials or his own inference. He can appear scatterbrained and is working with a coach to become more structured."