By Jeffrey Fitzgerald
The opioid epidemic is real, and it shows no signs of waning without significant changes in the medical field. According to a preliminary report issued by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in August 2018, more than 72,000 Americans died of drug overdoses in 2017 – an increase of almost seven percent year-over-year. The 2017 preliminary death count represents twice the number of deaths from 2007. In fact, opioid overdose is now the leading cause of death in American adults under age 50.
These statistics make it a very scary time for physicians treating patents with chronic pain, especially when the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and US Department of Justice (DOJ) are repeatedly discussing it in the news and state attorneys general are actively cracking down on health insurance companies, prescription drug manufacturers, pharmacies and prescribers. Today, all parts of the health care industry are under immense scrutiny.[Read more…] about Legal Considerations in the Era of an Epidemic