Prescribing opioids (such as Dilaudid) can be a huge risk to patients and doctors.

In some cases, the line between civil liability and criminal behavior has been blurred, in which clinical judgments retrospectively can be viewed as reckless and with willful intent to cause harm. Even a bad outcome without evidence of error can be investigated or prosecuted criminally.

Lynn Webster MD is the immediate past president of the American Academy of Pain Medicine. Four years ago, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) opened an investigation on Dr. Weber related to overdose deaths at Dr. Webster’s Clinic in Salt Lake City

Dr. Webster states:

“Opioid medications are not the only therapy, nor are they always the best therapy for patients in varying degrees of pain. They clearly bring risk and should be reserved for a subset of the patient population who truly need them. Then—and only then—should opioids be prescribed by clinicians with the training and competence to assess and monitor patients in accordance with accepted medical guidelines.”


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