Ethical Responsibilities of Physicians in the Opioid Crisis

9 Pages Posted: 17 Oct 2017 Last revised: 23 Oct 2017

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Mark A. Rothstein

University of Louisville - Institute for Bioethics, Health Policy, and Law; University of Louisville - Louis D. Brandeis School of Law

Date Written: October 16, 2017

Abstract

The opioid crisis presents significant challenges to the physician-patient relationship. Although physicians are still writing far too many prescriptions for opioid analgesics, many physicians are undertreating their patients who have severe acute or chronic pain. Physicians have dual ethical responsibilities to provide adequate pain management and to assist their patients who have developed opioid use disorder.

Keywords: addiction, ethics, opioids, opioid use disorder, pain, prescription drug monitoring programs

JEL Classification: K31, K32

Suggested Citation

Rothstein, Mark A., Ethical Responsibilities of Physicians in the Opioid Crisis (October 16, 2017). Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics, Vol. 45, No. 4, 2017. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3054118

Mark A. Rothstein (Contact Author)

University of Louisville - Institute for Bioethics, Health Policy, and Law ( email )

Louisville, KY 40202
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.louisville.edu/bioethics

University of Louisville - Louis D. Brandeis School of Law ( email )

Wilson W. Wyatt Hall
Louisville, KY 40292
United States

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