Opioid pain relievers kill more than just pain: One doctor shares her struggle with addiction

CHICAGO -- They kill the pain, but they’re killing people by the thousands. Opioid pain relievers are so abundant – there are enough in circulation for every person in the country to have one. Dr. Gail Basch of Rush University is a psychiatrist and addiction medicine specialist at Rush University Medical Center, not only treating patients but also teaching medical students and residents to be more thoughtful – even careful – about prescribing opioids.

Dr. Gail Basch

Dr. Gail Basch of Rush University is a psychiatrist and addiction medicine specialist at Rush University Medical Center, not only treating patients but also teaching medical students and residents to be more thoughtful – even careful – about prescribing opioids.

She knows firsthand about the struggles those who are addicted face because she battled opioid addiction herself.

You can read more about her story from WGN by clicking HERE.