• Why Doctors Overprescribe Opioids
  • September 15, 2017
  • A recent Princeton University study indicates that doctors who were trained at the lowest-ranked medical schools often prescribe more opioids than doctors who were trained at the highest-ranked schools. The research indicates that if physicians were better trained – especially general practitioners – it could help to curtail the opioid epidemic in this country.

    The number of fatal opioid overdoses has doubled in the United States since 2000, and many of those fatalities were from drugs that were legally prescribed by physicians. This staggering statistic spurred the experts to wonder if there was a relationship between a physician’s training, and their likelihood to prescribe opioids.

    The results of the research were telling. The most notable comparisons were among general practitioners:

    General practitioners trained at Harvard write an average of 180.2 opioid prescriptions per year
    General practitioners trained at the second- to fifth-ranked schools write an average of 233 opioid prescriptions per year
    General practitioners trained at the seven lowest-ranked medical schools write almost 550 opioid prescriptions per year
    There could be other factors that cause doctors from lower-ranking schools to prescribe more opioids. For example, they may see a greater number of patients with a need for opioids. But the fact remains that too many opioids are being prescribed in the United States, and patients are suffering because of it.

    If you know someone who has become addicted or overdosed after being overprescribed opioids, call the New Jersey opioid lawyers at Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow & McElroy, LLP at 732-777- 0100, or contact us online for a free consultation. Our offices are centrally located in Red Bank, Toms River, and Edison, New Jersey, and we serve clients throughout the state.