SALT LAKE CITY — The thought of another surgery scared Jason Zeeman, but not for the usual reasons.

The former drug addict was afraid of becoming dependent again on pain pills that doctors typically hand out after a procedure.

“We’ve thought for all these years that we were putting water on the fire, when in fact, it was gasoline,” said Dr. Will Shakespeare, Intermountain Healthcare’s medical director of surgical operations and director of anesthesiology. He said the latest research shows other alternatives used for pain can have positive results without the potentially addictive side effects. Continue Reading–>