How Do Former Opioid Addicts Safely Get Pain Relief After Surgery?

Dr. James Baker, holds a photo of his son, Max, who had been sober for more than a year and was was in college when he relapsed after surgery and died of a heroin overdose.

Max Baker got treatment for his opioid dependency and kicked the habit. He’d been clean for more than a year when a car accident and subsequent surgery returned him to addiction’s spiral.

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