With the opioid painkiller epidemic seemingly becoming more of an issue every day, it is important that we work to prevent opioid abuse in every form. One way that people are becoming addicted to opioid drugs is because their doctors are over prescribing opioid painkillers to them.
Signs My Doctor Over Prescribed Me Opioid Painkillers?
Here are a few signs to look for to help you tell if your doctor is over prescribing opioid painkillers or any other type of medication:
- Your doctor should treat prescribing you medication very seriously, including explaining each drug he or she is prescribing you and why. If you leave your doctor’s office with several prescriptions and little detail on why you were prescribed the drugs, you may have been over prescribed medication.
- When pharmaceutical company representatives visit a doctor’s office, they often leave behind items with their company’s logo on it, such as notepads and pens. If you see a bunch of pharmaceutical company marketing materials, like pens and notepads, around your doctor’s office, your physician may be more focused on the relationship he or she has with drug companies than with you.
- If you ask your doctor questions about the drugs he or she prescribes you, your physician should welcome your inquiries. However, if your doctor seems defensive or dismissive when you ask these types of questions, that may be a sign that your doctor could be over prescribing you drugs.
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