“New research from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found that 90% of primary care physicians consider prescription drug abuse a moderate or big problem in their respective communities. Nearly 50% of these physicians say they’re less likely now to prescribe patients opioids to treat pain compared to a year ago.
“Prescribers are saying that they’re prescribing more cautiously today than they were,” said Dr. Andrew Kolodny, one of the authors of the research. “That doesn’t necessarily mean prescribing has gone down.”
The study’s findings were reported in the December 8 issue of JAMA Internal Medicine, a peer-reviewed medical journal published by the American Medical Association.”
The press release can be accessed at: http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2014-12/jhub-pcd120414.php
Source: Forbes.com – December 15, 2014