Maryland’s opioid crisis, fentanyl is driving deaths across the board

Pain diagrams soon began popping up in doctor’s offices around the country. On the left of the spectrum, a pain level of zero and a smiley face. On the right, a pain level of 10 and a scowl. While the medical field used to focus on reducing pain, the goal was suddenly to eliminate it altogether, said Robin Rickard, executive director for Maryland’s Opioid Operational Command Center (OOCC).

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