Opioid prescriptions cut when doctors are informed of patient overdose deaths
Health care providers who knew about the overdose death cut the overall volume of opioids they prescribed by almost 10 percent over three months, according to a recent study.
By Anna Gorman|August 10, 2018 at 10:36 AM
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Physicians and other medical providers modestly reduced the volume of opioids they prescribed after being told one of their patients had died of an overdose, according to research published Thursday.
“You can hear a lot of statistics about the crisis,” said Jason Doctor, lead author of the study, published Thursday in the journal Science. “But it always feels like it is happening elsewhere if you are not aware of any deaths in your own practice.”
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