Listen: Missouri Efforts Show How Hard It Is To Treat Pain Without Opioids
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Listen: Missouri Efforts Show How Hard It Is To Treat Pain Without Opioids

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KHN Midwest correspondent Lauren Weber speaks with KBIA’s Sebastián Martínez Valdivia about the challenges Missouri faces in trying to treat chronic pain without opioids. Weber had reported that only about 500 of Missouri’s roughly 330,000 adult Medicaid beneficiaries used a new, alternative pain management plan to stem opioid overprescribing in the program’s first nine months. Meanwhile, 109,610 Missouri Medicaid patients received opioid prescriptions last year.

You can listen to the conversation on the KBIA website.

This story was produced by Kaiser Health News, an editorially independent program of the Kaiser Family Foundation.

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