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The Opioid Epidemic: The Role of the Medical Professional

Opioid abuse are responsible for the deaths of more than 100 American a day. Medical professionals are being closely monitored due to the growing crisis. From the Physician who prescribes the narcotic to the pharmacist who fills the prescription, or the Registered Nurse administering the narcotic to the patient, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and local boards and regulatory agencies are keeping a very close watch to determine any evidence of over prescribing, diversion, and abuse.

A Physician can only prescribed narcotics based on a legitimate reason after a good faith examination. The Physician must also determine that the patient is not drug seeking or an addict.

A Pharmacist must fulfill the required corresponding duties and recognize all the red flags and warning signs of possible prescription fraud or prescription abuse.

A Registered Nurse must properly document all administration and waste of the narcotic.

If you find yourself being accused of over-prescribing narcotics or if you have been accused of diversion, it is important that you seek legal representation immediately.

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