Appropriate prescribing of opiates as professional conduct.

TitleAppropriate prescribing of opiates as professional conduct.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsMcDonald J
JournalRhode Island medical journal (2013)
Date Published2013

Prescription drug abuse/misuse in Rhode Island and the US is an epidemic. Chronic pain is often treated with prescription opiates which offer some relief, yet present risks to the patient of dependence, addiction and overdose. Physicians find themselves at times at odds with their patients regarding the management of pain and may feel bullied or pressured regarding prescribing. The Rhode Island Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline recognizes the value of established parameters for responsible and safe prescribing.

Alternate JournalR I Med J (2013)