Doctors’ guesswork leads to over-prescribing of painkillers

This should come as no surprise; a new study in the Journal of Urology finds that too many painkillers such as OxyContin and Vicodin are prescribed after surgeries, reports this article from Reuters. Focusing on patients who underwent urological surgery, the study found that two-thirds had leftover drugs they stored in their medicine cabinet – the prime marketplace for teenage abusers. The article reports that most doctors make an educated guess as to how many pills to prescribe during recovery, leaning on the side of cautious excess.

About Dana Owens

Dana Owens is San Francisco-based writer, editor and blogger who works on diverse projects from holistic health research to record label promotion. In addition to lending her editorial eye to Oxy Watchdog, Dana also acts as copyeditor for 99 Series, Inc. and executive assistant/project coordinator for Heartline Productions.
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