Too Few People Who Survive Opioid Overdose Get Medication-Assisted Treatment
A new study concludes too few people who survive an opioid overdose receive medication-assisted treatment that will reduce the chance of another overdose.
More than one-third of doctors surveyed said reducing opioid prescribing has hurt patients with chronic pain. The survey was conducted for the newspaper by the SERMO physicians social network, an online community that allows doctors to anonymously share ideas and concerns.
Doctors said the two main reasons they have cut back were the risks and hassles involved in prescribing opioids, and a better understanding of the painkillers’ risks.