0258 GMT December 16, 2019
Experts say it is common for people with chronic pain to experience depression, news8000.com reported.
But if doctors are properly prescribing patients and tapering off dosages as needed, there shouldn't be an increase risk of suicide.
"We want people to be able to function, tolerate their pain, but keeping them safe on their medications. So we want to encourage alternative methods such as physical therapy, yoga, other options to treat the whole patient," said Dr. Kim Hardy, a family medicine physician at Gundersen Health System headquartered in La Crosse, Wisconsin.
Other local organizations, like Tri-State Ambulance, have embraced alternatives to opioids. The provider has been offering essential oils as option to treat pain in some cases.