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The Practice Of Opioid Malpractice

There’s a crisis brewing in America’s doctors offices, an issue that has gone long overlooked by victims, instigators and lawmakers, but not anymore. Since 2007, opioid prescriptions have increased by nearly 10%. In 2012 alone, healthcare providers wrote 259 million prescriptions for opioid pain medication. That’s enough for every single adult in the United States to have a bottle of pain pills. The result is a spike in opioid dependency that has led to more drug overdoses and pain medication-related deaths each year.

Why Are Doctors Prescribing More Opioid Meds?

If opioids are causing more dependency and overdoses, why are doctors still prescribing them? One reason is that doctors face the challenge of seeing patients and treating them quickly. When a patient complains of chronic pain, an opioid prescription is a much more cost-effective treatment of pain than actually delving into the source of that pain and curing it.

Another reason doctors continue to prescribe opioids is due to tremendous influence from the pharmaceutical industry. Large pharma companies want to generate maximum profit for their pain medications, and they exercise that influence on doctors every day. The financial and logistical benefits of prescribing an opioid to pain patients are attractive, to say the least.

Why Are Doctors In Legal Trouble?

Yes, there are financial and logistical practice benefits of opioid prescriptions. But doctors are letting these benefits trump their medical obligation to the patient. Such misprioritization is causing an influx of opioid dependency and could be considered medical malpractice.

We Are Medical Malpractice Experts

If you or a loved one has been adversely affected by opioid abuse, you could have an actionable case. These claims are time sensitive, so contact the medical malpractice experts at the Law Office of D. Hardison Wood immediately. Do not delay.

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