Author: Cole Sullivan, Marc Sallinger Published: 6:35 PM EST February 17, 2019 Updated: 10:14 PM EST February 17, 2019

Dr. Gregory Mancini says studies show non-opiate alternatives can work better—and carry a lower risk of addiction.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — For many it’s the first stop on the road to addiction: an opioid prescription after surgery. 

The pills may work, but they bring with them a long list of complications and the risk of addiction.

In fact, University of Tennessee Medical Center surgeon Dr. Gregory J. Mancini says patients who take a 30-day opioid prescription have a 20 percent chance of continuing to use the drug after the month is over.

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