Opioid prescribing practices put patients at risk, study finds

Mar 15, 2011 Full story: The Globe and Mail

Some family physicians write dramatically higher numbers of prescriptions for powerful opioid painkillers than others, according to a new study that warns major problems with prescribing practices is putting patients at risk.

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oh my gosh

Minford, OH

#1 Mar 16, 2011
As long as the patient is made aware of the dangers, then there should not be a problem. We are all adults, don't punish the people who really suffer with pain because someone has no respect for their own life. I'm sure that they are a big boy or girl. The world is over-populated anyway.

Syracuse, NY

#2 Mar 16, 2011
I agree, but they are prescribing in some locations, fentanyl for like headaches, which is retarded. Where I am from you could be 50 with horrible back and neck pain with a long history and you might walk out with tramadol, so I do hear ya. Then I hear people getting actiq lollypops for some simple knee pain, so something is wrong with our system. Honestly, I believe they should prescribe pot rather than hard opiates for people without chronic pain. It could also be in addition to opiates to help pain for those with chronic pain. Marijuana is always guarateed to relieve pain, and your tolerance may increase, but you can always achieve relief.
oh my gosh

Minford, OH

#3 Mar 16, 2011
It sounds like we both live in towns fullo of fuddy duddys who are miserable and they want everyone else to be miserable too. Whatever happened to our pursuit of happiness? They just wipe their asses on the constitution anytime they please, don't they?

Franklin, MA

#6 May 9, 2011
Even the doctors make the patients aware of the possible danger, but a lot of times, the patient just don't know what to do. If they do, they probably don't need to see the doctor.

So the best way to protect yourself from the medicine is staying healthy, eat healthy. less chance to expose to the danger of the medicine.

Mike @ healthbeautyvillage.com

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