Doctors prescribed less opioids after being told of patient overdoses

Their opioid prescribing didn’t change.” reports Lev prescribed 15 opioid pain pills to an ER patient with a broken eye socket, without knowing the patient got 300 painkillers from another doctor a day earlier.Most states have similar databases to track prescribing of dangerous drugs, where doctors can check patients’ previous prescriptions.Other doctors, whose patients also overdosed, didn’t get letters.In a novel experiment, doctors got a letter from the medical examiner’s office telling them of their patient’s fatal overdose.

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