From CBS Pittsburgh:
Abuse of prescription pain killers has been a growing problem. It’s now the leading cause of accidental death – more than even car accidents.
With this in mind, the American College of Emergency Physicians came out with a policy statement about appropriate prescribing guidelines for narcotic pain medicine in the E.R.
“So many narcotic prescriptions and opioid prescriptions are given in emergency departments they wanted to make sure we had some guidelines,” Dr. Thomas Campbell with Allegheny General Hospital’s emergency room, said.
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