According to the National Safety Council, about 99% of physicians are currently prescribing opioids in longer durations than recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Many doctors say that they prescribe some form of opioid pain control even though evidence suggests that they are not the most effective medications for pain relief.
These findings came from a survey of over 200 physicians, the majority of which incorrectly believe that Oxycodone and Morphine are the most efficient pain relief options available. About two-thirds of physicians said their patients’ expectations had an impact on their decision to prescribe opioids, indicating that better education about these medications is needed among both patients and healthcare providers.
These findings were published in Risk & Insurance on April 18, 2016.