There are many medical treatments that people cannot obtain or administer without a doctor. Opioid pain relief is one of them. The risk of addiction to narcotic painkillers and the potential for abuse is so significant that people cannot access these medications without a prescription.
The doctors who prescribe these drugs are subject to strict oversight regarding their prescribing practices. Unfortunately, a doctor may put compliance with drug regulations ahead of what is best for their patients.
Did a doctor’s poor management of an opioid prescription lead to an overdose or an addiction issue affecting your family?
How doctors contribute to the opioid crisis
There is no question that narcotic pain relief is often necessary for people. Those recovering from car crashes or dealing with spinal degeneration need something to make daily life tolerable, for instance. Unfortunately, people quickly become dependent on opioids and develop a tolerance.
Doctors who want their patients to stop taking these medications need to taper them off of the prescription. Physicians should monitor their patients as they receive fewer pills and lower doses of the medication toward the end of their treatment.
A doctor who doesn’t taper a patient off of their medication properly could leave someone still dependent on their medication or in severe pain at the end of their treatment. These people may turn to unregulated sources for their medication, with potentially tragic results.
Improper prescription practices, especially opioid prescription management and oversight, can be forms of medical malpractice. Acknowledging the impact of medical mistakes can help you seek justice when a doctor hurt someone instead of helping them.