Massachusetts Medical Society: Physician Focus

Physician Focus

Physician Focus Physician Focus  is a monthly media and public information campaign that provides health information on a wide variety of subjects for patients of all ages throughout the Commonwealth. Print articles, bylined by member physicians, are distributed to daily, weekly, and monthly publications in the state.

Produced in partnership with Hopkinton Community Access and Media  (HCAM-TV), the Physician Focus  television program reaches some 275 communities and nearly two million households in Massachusetts each month through public access stations. Adding national public access broadcasts, the program's total reach is approximately 2.5 million households.  

Visit the HCAM-TV website  to view past Physician Focus  programs in their entirety.

Physician Focus: Straight Talk on Pain Medication

Massachusetts has been hit hard by the epidemic of opioid overdoses. Some pain medications are opioids, so this epidemic is changing the way we treat and manage pain. Maybe you are dealing with pain or addiction yourself — and if you’re not, you likely know someone who is. That’s why patients and their families are asking questions: Does it make sense for me (or my loved one) to use an opioid medication? How can I do that safely, without risking addiction? Why is our doctor reluctant to prescribe this pain medication? Which other pain treatments might work instead? If someone accidentally overdoses on this medication, what should I do? In this episode of Physician Focus, two experts answer your questions — a physician who specializes in pain, and a pharmacist. 

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