The Doctor’s Advocate | First Quarter 2017

Special Issue: Prescription Opioid Abuse Epidemic

This issue of The Doctor’s Advocate focuses on the prescription opioid abuse epidemic. In it you will find analyses of physicians’ prescribing patterns that resulted in patient deaths from accidental overdose, an examination of claims involving medication factors, and a report on how Congress and state legislatures have responded to the crisis.

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The guidelines suggested in this newsletter are not rules, do not constitute legal advice, and do not ensure a successful outcome. They attempt to define principles of practice for providing appropriate care. The principles are not inclusive of all proper methods of care nor exclusive of other methods reasonably directed at obtaining the same results.

The ultimate decision regarding the appropriateness of any treatment must be made by each healthcare provider considering the circumstances of the individual situation and in accordance with the laws of the jurisdiction in which the care is rendered.

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