Opioid Safety, Respiratory Compromise

Why Number of Opioid Prescriptions Written May Not Be as Important as Patient Assessment and Monitoring

The NY Times recently reported:

“After years of relentless growth, the number of opioid prescriptions in the United States is finally falling, the first sustained drop since OxyContin hit the market in 1996 … Experts say the drop is an important early signal that the long-running prescription opioid epidemic may be peaking, that doctors have begun heeding a drumbeat of warnings about the highly addictive nature of the drugs and that federal and state efforts to curb them are having an effect. Read More