Doctors nudged by overdose letter prescribe fewer opioids

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  • What in Tucket Provo, UT
    Aug. 10, 2018 7:59 a.m.

    I had thought in the past doctors were very shy about prescribing narcotics. Not so much any more. There are patients that really need narcotics. Still it is obvious more must be done. Drug overdoses including narcotics are 70,000 a year. The heroin and fentanyl situation costs the nation $500 billion a year. Some complain we cannot afford a wall even if 90% of the heroin walks across the border. Even if the wall was $25 billion and it reduced heroin 10% that might save us $50 billion. In Israel the wall stopped 99% of infiltrators.

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 10, 2018 7:34 a.m.

    Dispensing like candy is better for profits.

  • Thomas Thompson Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 10, 2018 6:32 a.m.

    Prescribing fewer opioids is fine, of course, but only if there is an alternative medicine that treats the pain people experience as effectively as the opioids -- which is presently doubtful.

    That said, opioids are problematic for two reasons. First, it is all too easy for a patient to become addicted to them. Second, the difference between a therapeutic does and a fatal overdose is really rather small. Patients need to be thoroughly educated about these facts by their doctor before an opioid is prescribed.

  • Mainly Me Werribee, 00
    Aug. 9, 2018 6:30 p.m.

    "More than 400 'Dear Doctor' letters, sent last year in San Diego County, were part of a study that, researchers say, put a human face on the U.S. opioid crisis for many doctors."

    I very much doubt that the decrease in prescriptions was entirely over concern about the human cost. I'm very much convinced that it was about taking a hit in the wallet through law suits and enforcement action. The almighty dollar rules the world.

  • CMO Beaver Beaver, UT
    Aug. 9, 2018 2:16 p.m.

    wait until the lawsuits really start flying.. that will wake them up