Five Doctors Charged With Writing 8.5 Million Unnecessary Opioid Prescriptions
Five doctors in New York have been indicted by federal authorities for writing more than 8.5 million allegedly unnecessary oxycodone prescriptions, NBC News reports.
One of the outcomes of the current opioid epidemic is an increased rate of intravenous (IV) drug use — meaning directly injecting opioids or other substances into a vein. It’s a practice that layers risk on top of risk, -including transmission of hepatitis C, HIV and other infectious diseases. Yet unfortunately, simply knowing the risks isn’t an effective deterrent, nor a bridge to addiction treatment.