“Ninety-nine percent of primary care doctors routinely prescribe potentially addictive opioid painkillers for longer than the three-day period recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, according to survey results released Thursday by the National Safety Council.
The Itasca-based nonprofit also found that doctors routinely prescribe the drugs for unsuitable conditions, such as lower back and dental pain, and that they often overlook nonaddictive medications some research has shown to be more effective.
“Studies have shown that once we get beyond seven days of these opiate prescriptions for acute pain, the outcomes become much worse,” said Dr. Donald Teater, the group’s medical adviser. ” … They get on these for a long time and have a hard time getting off them.”
Source: ChicagoTribune.com – March 24, 2016