When patients die from overdoses, ‘a simple plan’ could change opioid prescribing

Physicians who were notified that a patient of theirs had died of an overdose and received a plan with guidance on what to do in the future were less likely to prescribe opioids, a study showed.
“Providing physicians a simple plan that will guide them at a patient visit appears to help temper their use of these drugs,” Jason Doctor, PhD, co-director of the Behavioral Sciences Program at the University of Southern California Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics, said in a press release. “This represents a promising approach to reducing fatal drug overdoses, one

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