Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Doctors are key source of narcotics for riskiest users

Its a shame really--because doctors do want to help people and they don't want to hurt them. So in their attempts to help--they often prescribe pain meds or anxiety meds to try and help with symptoms--they are busy, they have other patients to get to and it its just so darn easy to "stop the pain right now" with a pill. And then you have the abuse and dependency follows...Doctors don't get up in the morning and say--"I hope I get 3 people addicted today.." We know they don't. but they do get people addicted--it is just so darn easy--here is a new study that explores this--in the LA Times. Worth reading

Doctors are key source of narcotics for riskiest users, study says - latimes.com: "Doctors are fueling the epidemic of prescription drug addiction and overdose and represent the single largest supplier of these drugs to chronic abusers, according to a government study published Monday."
The finding challenges the conventional wisdom that the epidemic is caused primarily by abusers getting their drugs without prescriptions, typically from friends and family.

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1 comment:

  1. Sherrie TaraskevichMarch 16, 2014 at 1:23 PM

    Being a hospice nurse I see another side of doctors. One that they are afraid of getting patients who are on hospice addicted, really silly. I don't know about you readers but I want to be comfortable at the end of life. The end of life can be eased with slowly titrated medication. We develop a tolerance for pain medication and a dying patient needs change. Also patients with previous addiction have a higher tolerance requiring larger amounts of medications most times.


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