Ethical Responsibilities of Physicians in the Opioid Crisis
9 Pages Posted: 17 Oct 2017 Last revised: 23 Oct 2017
Date Written: October 16, 2017
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
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