Thursday, October 19, 2017
Doctors are prescribing 50 to 75 percent more addictive painkiller than they need, according to a new guide published by the University of Michigan.
Michigan OPEN, an organization that aims to minimize the opioid epidemic in the state through a preventive approach focused on acute care prescribing, updated their list of prescription guidelines this month.
According to the professors who created the guide, their recommendations for prescription amounts represent a 50-75% reduction in pills currently prescribed in most post-surgery cases. And still, there is a belief that these recommendations are over-generous.