Study: 28% Of All Opioid RX Lack Medical Explanation
NEARLY 30% OF ALL OPIOID PRESCRIPTIONS LACK MEDICAL EXPLANATION
(CNN) – Nearly 30% of all opioid prescriptions lack a medical explanation; according to a new study.
That means doctors did not document a reason, like severe pain, for prescribing the addictive drugs.
Researchers analyzed data for more than 800-million opioid prescriptions over a ten year period.
They point out some doctors could simply have been in a hurry and failed to write down a reason.
Researchers also found despite new guidelines, some doctors were lax about documenting reasons for continuing chronic opioid prescriptions, which might raise concerns about addiction.
The study was published Monday in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine.