VOL. 132 | NO. 163 | Thursday, August 17, 2017
View From the Hill
By Sam Stockard Updated 3:04PM
Rep. Bryan Terry deals with patients from every demographic caught up in the web of opiates.
Patients have an array of tolerance to opioids, as well, from those currently addicted to those who are recovering addicts. As a result, each patient requires an “individualized” anesthetic based on their background and the procedure or surgery they’re to have, says Terry, a Murfreesboro anesthesiologist.
“We see all walks of life with addiction problems,” Terry explains. “Essentially being the person who has a patient’s life in their hands, many patients will confess their drug problems to anesthesiologists just prior to surgery. I have had that happen several times.”
In his profession, Terry knows well the effects pain medication has on people. As he prepares to sponsor legislation in 2018 designed to toughen the laws on illicit opioid activity, the second-term Republican lawmaker takes a clinical approach to this madness sweeping the nation, as well as one targeting dealers.