Physician Dispensing Leads to Over-Prescribing Opioids


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In 2010, Florida banned physicians from directly giving medication to patients. After this ban, Florida saw a noticeable drop in the total number of strong opioids dispensed, and an increase in weaker medications, like ibuprofen. This shows that before the ban, doctors were prescribing more strong medications than was necessary, opening  patients up to a higher risk of addiction and work loss. The lesson from this: physicians need to decrease opioid prescriptions and increase weaker prescriptions.

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