opioid prescriptions

More Than Half of U.S. Doctors Reducing Opioid Prescriptions: Survey

A new survey finds more than half of U.S. doctors are reducing the number of opioid prescriptions they write. Almost 10 percent have stopped prescribing opioids altogether, The Boston Globe reports. More than one-third of doctors surveyed said reducing opioid prescribing has hurt patients with chronic pain. The survey was…

Veterans Say VA Decision to Cut Back on Opioid Prescriptions Leaves Them in Pain

The federal government’s effort to reduce opioid painkiller prescriptions among U.S. veterans has left many of them struggling with chronic pain, the Star Tribune reports. The Minneapolis VA Medical Center has been cutting dosages and cancelling prescriptions, and instead steering many veterans to alternative therapies such as yoga and acupuncture.…