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Posts Tagged ‘overprescription’

Painkillers are the leading cause of death among male patients taking high dose opioids, study reveals

Monday, December 21st, 2015

A large scale study of patients in Ontario, Canada has found that one in four male patients taking high dose opioid painkillers later died as a result of opioid-related causes. Dr. David Juurlink, a physician involved with the study, said that these results underscored the importance of restricting the use of powerful opioid painkillers like fentanyl and oxycodone in order to reduce the risk of overdose and other complications for patients. (more…)