Over-Prescribing Did Not Cause the Opioid Crisis

Posted: April 1, 2019 by gamegetterII in Uncategorized

EDS and Chronic Pain News & Info

Over-Prescribing Did Not Cause America’s Opioid Crisis– By Richard A. Lawhern, Ph.D. –  Mar 2019

A central assertion in many articles is that the crisis began with physicians over-prescribing to their patients in the 1990s and early 2000s, in an era of “Pain as the Fifth Vital Sign.”

Almost the entirety of present U.S. public policy on opioid pain relievers at Federal and State levels is founded upon this false claim.

Governments are engaged in a vast exercise in regulatory over-reach, seeking to “solve” our opioid crisis by restricting dose levels and duration of treatment for both acute and chronic pain.  

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