Opioids are under much scrutiny across the country.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are now telling doctors to stop prescribing the addictive pain-killers for long-term pain management.
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But what are the alternatives to opioid painkillers and what does the CDC's recommendations mean for patients?
MPR News' regular medical analyst Dr. Jon Hallberg joined All Things Considered to answer these questions and more.
Use the audio player above to hear the entire conversation.