Doctors Prescribing Practices Key to Curbing Painkiller Misuse: CDC: THURSDAY.

Doctors’ Prescribing Practices Key to Curbing Painkiller Misuse: CDC: – THURSDAY, Oct. 15, 2015 – – Improved prescribing practices could help decrease narcotic painkiller misuse and overdose deaths from those medications, a new U .S. Government study says. An analysis of prescription drug-monitoring programs in eight states found that a small number of doctors were responsible for most narcotic painkiller prescriptions, according to U.S. Centers for Disease Prevention and Control researchers. Drug overdose may be the leading reason behind injury-related loss of life in the usa. Most of those deaths stem from misuse of prescription pain medications such as OxyContin and Vicodin, stimulants and sedatives/tranquilizers, based on the CDC.

But with 49 states right now implementing or about to implement similar programs, the risk is certainly that we confuse criminal procedures with the day-to-day practice of medicine. Because there is a large chronic pain problem in this country, and in many cases opioids may actually be indicated legitimately. ‘All this increased surveillance and decreased utilization raises the chance that in the process some people who really need these meds may be affected. It’s fairly clear something needs to be done. But we need to find the appropriate balance,’ Michna said.. Florida Laws CAN HELP Lower Misuse of Prescription Painkillers: – MONDAY, Aug.