Originally posted on NJEmergencyDocs:
Do we as physicians prescribe too many narcotics?  Specifically do we emergency physicians prescribe more than we should? As with much else in medicine the evidence is complex and at times contradictory.  Some examples of the argument that we are not aggressive enough in the treatment of pain are the following (click on them to access links): Racial and ethnic disparities in pain management Under treatment of acute pain in the emergency department Under treatment of pain in elderly leads to opioid misuse CMS to measure timing of ED pain medication in long bone fractures If you have spent any time looking at the news or proposed state legislation the answer would clearly be yes. There is an epidemic of deaths related…