By Kenneth Murphy, MD, FACS (Ret.)

The “opioid crisis” occupies a substantial part of our professional and political milieu. We are besieged by headlines in media of all types reporting on the evils of opioid analgesics. There is no shortage of individuals, professional societies and government agencies ready to step to the plate with guidelines, rules and regulations designed, it seems, to virtually eliminate these drugs and to hog-tie providers who are trying to care for