Medscape’s Robert Lowes recently published an article detailing opioids’ prominent role in medication malpractice claims. Much of the press around the opioid crisis covers the deaths, hospitalizations, and substance use disorder problems. All of these can lead to malpractice claims. Since almost 10% of the US population has a current problem, this is another good reason to check your patients systematically.

Have you had a malpractice suit involving opioids? We’re always looking at ways to identify risks. I’d love to hear how you manage this risk in your practice.

Prescribing or dispensing to an abuser, diverter, misuser or ‘doctor shopper’ puts the provider, their practice and or institution, as well as the patients at high risk.

Although relieving pain and reducing suffering are primary emergency physician responsibilities, there is a concurrent duty to limit the personal and societal harm that can result from prescription drug misuse and abuse.

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