Mel Viney, MD, is a hospitalist with emergency room responsibilities at Artesian Valley Health System and is on the front lines of the opioid crisis. He treats patients addicted to opioids every day.

One such treatment includes the prescription of Suboxone, a narcotic medication used to aid recovering addicts with the symptoms of withdrawal from opiates. The medication is used as a form of detox, where patients ultimately are weaned from the Suboxone so they are drug-free.

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