Overprescribing is major contributor to opioid crisis

Makary, M.A.; Overton, H.N.; Wang, P. (2017)

BMJ (Clinical Research ed.), 359, j4792

Public health crises come in two forms–those resulting from naturally occurring diseases and those that are the byproduct of medical care itself. The opioid crisis is the latest self inflicted wound in public health. In the US alone, there were 240 million opioid prescriptions dispensed in 2015, nearly one for every adult in the general population. In order to tackle the opioid epidemic, we must first tackle a major contributor–physician overprescribing.

Subject headings: Analgesics, Opioid/administration & dosage; Humans; Opioid-Related Disorders/etiology; Practice Patterns, Physicians’; Prescription Drug Overuse/adverse effects/statistics & numerical data; United States; editorial

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Type: Journal Article

Serial number: 2932