Doctors rely on database to stop pill abuse

From the Fauquier:

As the community searches for answers to fight prescription pill abuse, doctors and pharmacists are often caught in the middle balancing their duty to ease patients’ suffering with the pitfalls of prescribing potentially deadly opiates.

“This is definitely a fine line to walk, we do this job with a lot of compassion for people’s suffering,” said Dr. Michael Jenks, chairman of the Fauquier Hospital Emergency Department and medical director for Fauquier County Emergency Medical Services. “Often times, in an emergency department setting, that means prescribing pain medication,” Jenks said.

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