Some Docs May Help Fuel Opioid Abuse Epidemic

From US News:

You may be more likely to wind up a long-term user of opioid painkillers if you’re treated by a doctor who frequently prescribes those drugs, a new study reports.

The study was published Feb. 15 in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Emergency room patients are at greater risk for long-term opioid use even after a single prescription from an ER doctor who regularly prescribes the painkillers, researchers found.

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