- Chris Johnson says opioid addiction is rampant in U.S. Why?
- He says to grow market, pharmaceutical companies began pressing doctors to prescribe opioids for chronic pain
- Johnson: Doctors, medical industry needs to focus more on 'patient outcome,' not 'patient experience'
Chris Johnson is an emergency medicine physician who practices in the Twin Cities, Minnesota. He is chair of the Minnesota Department of Human Services Opioid Prescribing Work Group and serves on the Board of Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing, as well as the Board of the Steve Rummler Hope Foundation. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.
(CNN)So the recent report from the Midwest Medical Examiner's Office made it official -- Prince Rogers Nelson died in his residence April 21, 2016, from an accidental overdose of the prescribed opioid, fentanyl. He was 57.