60% of opioid overdoses are patients following a doctors orders.
For example, a woman complained of back pains so her Doctor prescribed Oxycodone. She went back and complained it wasn’t helping, so the Doctor upped the dose to 150mg/day. That is 3 times the legal limit and could have serious affects with other medications she was on. So this lady was taking her medications as prescribed by a Physician, and became addicted…. It happens everyday.
The CDC recently created a guideline that provides recommendations for primary care clinicians who are prescribing opioids for chronic pain outside of active cancer treatment, palliative care, and end-of-life care. The guideline addresses 1) when to initiate or continue opioids for chronic pain; 2) opioid selection, dosage, duration, follow-up, and discontinuation; and 3) assessing risk and addressing harms of opioid use. Read more about the new guidelines here. By following these CDC guidelines, hopefully the amount of doctor prescribed opioid overdoses will reduce dramatically.