opiates

With the opioid epidemic occupying center stage in media and political arenas, what's gone largely overlooked is that pediatric opioid-related hospitalizations, warranting the highest level of intensive care unit admission, doubled between 2004 and 2015.
The media often uses the words "opioid" and "opiate" interchangeably. However, there are subtle but important differences between them.
Ketamine is an anesthetic that can prevent persistent post-surgical pain in patients who have undergone major surgery. That's a welcome alternative, given the significant opiate addiction crisis plaguing our nation.