Be Wary of Doctors Who Overprescribe Opioids
An Opioid is a type of strong pain medication prescribed by doctors for chronic or severe pain. In recent years, doctors have been found to overprescribe opioids for medical conditions that do not necessarily need them. This has led many patients to become addicted and lawsuits have been filed against opioid companies and doctors as a result. Dependence on opioids can be difficult to overcome and has led some people to turn to illegal street opioids for relief. If you have experienced opioid dependence or because of your doctor’s negligence, talk to a Delaware medical malpractice lawyer to figure out your options for compensation.
SIGNS OF A RISKY OPIOID PRESCRIPTION
Around 60,000 people with opioid dependence died from an overdose in 2016. The deaths by opioid overdose and overprescribing has been termed the opioid crisis. This started when a letter to the editor of a medical journal explained that opioid addiction is rare for patients with chronic pain. Doctors became less strict on opioid prescriptions and began prescribing these powerful medications to patients with almost any kind of pain.
Since more opioids were prescribed, opioid dependence rates rose. The situation only worsened after the government became involved and reimbursement became linked to how much hospitals and doctors regulate a patient’s pain. With all these extraneous factors, you should be wary of risky opioid prescriptions.
A risky opioid prescription can be simple to spot. Opioids prescribed for minor pain from common medical conditions like a sore throat or sprain are not needed for these conditions. Anytime an opioid is prescribed for minor conditions like these, question your doctor and do not be afraid to decline medication. However, if you were prescribed opioids for a terminal illness or a chronic pain condition, then you can consider how opioids might help you.
WHAT OPIOID DEPENDENCE LOOKS LIKE
Each person has different reactions to opioids. Some people will become dependent on opioids faster than others while others may experience allergic reactions. Early signs of opioid dependence tend to involve tolerance, changes in behavior, and withdrawal. Tolerance happens when you need to take more of the drug to achieve the desired effect. Withdrawal occurs when you experience problematic symptoms like anxiety after ceasing opioid use.
Common withdrawal symptoms from opioids are:
- Anxiety or agitation.
- Problems falling asleep or staying asleep.
- Flu-like symptoms like a runny nose, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and muscle pains.
- Dilated pupils.
- Abdominal pain.
If you start noticing any of these symptoms tied to your opioid use, seek treatment from a mental health professional or doctor. Avoiding help may worsen the situation. A dependence on opioids can make driving dangerous and increase a person’s chances of overdose.
MEDICAL MALPRACTICE LAWYER IN DELAWARE
Trying to overcome an addiction can be one of the most challenging obstacles to face. A medical malpractice lawyer in Delaware may be able to help you earn compensation for the damages you suffered as a result. Depending on what damages you experienced, you may be eligible for compensation that can cover pain and suffering or lost wages. Call Edelstein Martin & Nelson at (302) 295-5050 for a free consultation today. We are located in Wilmington, Deleware. Our goal is to defend your rights.