A new analysis of prescribing patterns for opioid painkillers revealed that three-quarters of these pills go to just 10% of patients. Might a careful analysis of the needs of this small group help curb overprescribing?
When Tiger Woods was found asleep in his car due to a mix of prescription drugs he’d consumed and police took him into custody, this intervention may have saved his life. Compare his story to Heath Ledger’s.
In April 2017, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) sponsored a National Prescription Drug Take Back Day to collect unused prescriptions across the country. The staggering quantities of drugs collected seems like conclusive proof that doctors must still be prescribing too many drugs.