Painkillers are a problem. As a doctor, you are damned if you do and you are are damned if you don’t. A new report from a Cambridge-based research group found that many docs prescribing narcotics in Massachusetts for injured workers fail to follow recommended treatment guidelines for monitoring their patients. Here is a surprise: nearly one in 12 injured workers who are prescribed narcotics are still using them three to six months later. Pretty soon doctors are going to be found liable for addicting these patients. The bottom line is that narcotics are habit-forming and should be used for short periods of time in most cases. Every doctor should check their state Prescription Monitoring Program and grill patients about their med use. If they lie then they don’t get a pain pill. We have to be that diligent.
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