Dr. James Baker holds a photo of his son, Max, who had been sober for more than a year and was in college when he relapsed after surgery and died of a heroin overdose. Craig LeMoult/WGBH hide caption

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How Do Former Opioid Addicts Safely Get Pain Relief After Surgery?

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Laughing Gas Gives Women Another Option To Manage Labor Pain

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Ten-year-old Matthew Husby gets some low-tech comfort from his father after surgery at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford in Palo Alto, Calif. Heidi de Marco/Kaiser Health News hide caption

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Doctors Get Creative To Soothe Tech-Savvy Kids Before Surgery

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Sutures With A Soundtrack: Music Can Ease Pain, Anxiety Of Surgery

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Pain Really Is All In Your Head And Emotion Controls Intensity

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Hand-Pumped Anesthesia Could Help With Surgeries In The Dark

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No anesthesia here: A patient watches his colonoscopy as it happens at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Hospital in New York. Ted Thai/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Image hide caption

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