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Opioid shortage: While addiction issues loom, hospitals run short on necessary painkillers

Most headlines or struggles relating to opioids in recent years deal with opioid abuse and the often deadly consequences. But hospitals are facing another opioid challenge: They have barely enough injectable opioid painkillers to give patients prescribed the drugs.
“We've never seen anything like the last couple of years, even close to that,” said Roland Bercume, the senior director of pharmacy for UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worce ...

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