Physicians should think twice before prescribing opioid medications

November 23, 2018 - 3:00 am

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By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Physicians and medical organizations are taking a very serious look at the role that physicians and health care providers have played in the opioid epidemic. 

Some of the best research is being done by looking at when prescriptions are written and when the prescriptions are filled, and taking a look at how to reduce the use of opioids except when absolutely necessary. 

A report from the surgery edition of the Journal of the American Medical Association found that the number of opioid pills prescribed after surgery was the strongest predictor of how many patients actually used the medications.

In fact, this outweighed pain scores and other factors that were considered. According to the researchers, surgeons should think very hard before they even consider prescribing opioid medications, and if they do choose to prescribe the drugs, they should eliminate the amount of medications that they prescribed.