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Epidemic of deaths from fentanyl overdose

BMJ 2017; 358 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j4355 (Published 28 September 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;358:j4355

Beware of Addiction to Prescription Drugs


We have a silent epidemic of addiction to prescription drugs. Many people are hooked on analgesics, tranquilizers, antidepressants, and sleeping pills that were prescribed by their physicians. Ironically, the imprimatur of the physician’s prescription pad misleads many patients into a false sense of security and a life of addiction that the physician is often slow to diagnose or treat. It’s wise for physicians and patients to discuss the addictive potential of prescription drugs.


Competing interests: No competing interests

02 October 2017
Hugh Mann
Physician
Retired
New York, NY, USA