The title of the article was the FDA Commissioner Asks Staff for ‘More Forceful Steps’ to Stem the Opioid Crisis and it immediately sent shivers up my spine. Once again the blame is put on the physicians. Did we forget patient responsibility? How about a graph showing how a massive amounts of opioids of prescribed by a very few doctors? How about severe penalties for “pill mill” docs? Instead we get:
- More mandatory imposed education
- Standards for prescribing opioids in different clinical settings (this is means metrics an paperwork)
I never love hearing the word “forceful” in an initiative. It just can’t be good for doctors.