prescription painkiller abuse

Patients receive most opioids at the doctor’s office, not the ER

Around the country, state legislatures and hospitals have tightened emergency room prescribing guidelines for opioids to curb the addiction epidemic, but a new USC study shows that approach diverts attention from the main sources of prescription painkillers. Overall opioid prescribing skyrocketed 471 percent from 1996 to 2012, according to the…