Article by National Institute on Aging

“Clinicians were more likely to reduce the number and dose of opioid drugs they prescribed when they learned that one of their patients had died from a controlled substance overdose than those clinicians who were not notified of the deaths, according to a recent study. Results appear in the August 10 issue of Science. The study was funded in part by the National Institute on Aging, part of the National Institutes of Health.

Jason Doctor, Ph.D., of the Schaeffer Center for Health Policy & Economics at the University of Southern California, and colleagues found that physicians who received a letter from the chief deputy medical examiner informing them of the overdose death of one of their patients reduced the number and dosage of opioids prescribed by 9.7 percent in the three months following the intervention.”

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