Doctors often gave no good reason for prescribing opioids, new study finds – by By Maggie Fox – Sept 2018
Doctors gave no good reason for prescribing opioids to patients close to a third of the time during the buildup to the opioid overdose epidemic, researchers reported Monday.
A close check of medical records from 2006 to 2015 showed that a physician gave no explanation at all for writing an opioid prescription in 29 percent of the cases, the team at Harvard Medical School and the Rand Corp. found.
That’s a huge problem for their hapless patients because it leaves these doctors vulnerable to be shut down by a DEA raid, cutting off all their patients without any means to continue their medical care. Continue reading