July 5, 2018

In 2005, the FDA approved a new treatment for pain, administered through a patch on the patient’s skin. The drug’s approval coincided with a movement in the medical profession towards treating pain as the “fifth vital sign,” leading doctors to take more aggressive steps to deal with pain. By 2012, d...

June 19, 2018

What’s the right painkiller prescription to send home with a patient after gallbladder surgery or a cesarean section? That question is front and center as conventional approaches to pain control in the United States contribute, in the opinion of some experts, to a culture of overprescribing that agg...

A February 2017 article published in the New England Journal of Medicine examined variation in opioid prescribing after Emergency Room visits and demonstrated significant variation by physician. 1 The study calculated that 1 in 48 of those who received a prescription in the
Emergency Room...

The first principle of medicine is to “do no harm.” Over the past two decades, the medical community has attempted to honor this principle by treating patient pain with opioid prescriptions. Unfortunately, these good intentions have driven an epidemic of opioid addiction and drug overdoses, now...


August 8, 2017

Dr. Makary discusses the over-prescription problem on Fox News 

August 5, 2017

For most of my surgical career, I gave out opioids like candy. My colleagues and I were unaware that about one in 16 patients become chronic users, according to new research by doctors at the University of Michigan. Even more alarming, research shows that relapse rates after opioid addiction......

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