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Jennifer Caudle is a board-certified family medicine physician and assistant professor of family medicine at the Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine in New Jersey. Follow her on Twitter @DrJenCaudle. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.
(CNN)It breaks my heart, as a family physician, to see patients struggle with addiction to prescription painkillers. As a medical student, I was taught that pain was the "fifth vital sign" -- on hospital rounds with my team of fellow medical students, residents and senior physicians, we learned the importance of assessing and managing patients' pain.