How the opioid crisis is affecting the health care industry

By Sarah Lacey | 09 October 2018 09:31:54The opioid crisis has hit the healthcare industry like a hurricane, causing major problems and forcing providers to rethink how they treat their patients.

The biggest issue for health care providers is that they can’t keep up with the demand for drugs, according to a report by the industry’s trade association. 

In addition, opioid abuse and addiction are on the rise. 

According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, the number of opioids prescribed in the US increased by over 1,000% between 2016 and 2020, according the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

The most commonly prescribed painkiller is OxyContin, a potent opioid that can cause respiratory and cardiovascular issues.

The number of prescriptions for other opioids has also skyrocketed, from 1.5 million in 2016 to nearly 2.5 billion in 2018. 

The rise in opioid use is a major issue for the healthcare sector, with many providers worried about their ability to keep up. 

A survey by the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America found that 76% of US physicians believe the industry is underperforming.

The survey found that only 19% of those surveyed were confident in the quality of their medicine. 

Many health care professionals are worried about the potential negative side effects of prescription opioids. 

“A physician will see the patient in the hospital.

They might see a pain patient, and that patient might also have a medical condition that might make them more likely to get a prescription for opioids,” said Dr. Daniel Fauci, a board-certified internal medicine physician in Cleveland, Ohio. 

Dr. Fauces prescription of opioids has gotten him into hot water with some of his colleagues, who say he is using his authority to prescribe opioids for his patients without their knowledge or consent. 

Fauci has been a board member of the American College of Physicians since 2009. 

He said he was approached by a patient who had become hooked on opioids and began using the drug. 

“[The patient] had gotten into a lot of trouble, was a family member, had a child in the house, had an addiction problem.

She was addicted to opioids and I was prescribing them for her,” Faucis told CBS News. 

But Faucilis said he couldn’t prescribe them without her consent.

 “I couldn’t have my wife administer the prescription, I couldn’t be a pharmacist,” he said. 

So Fauce contacted the pharmacy where he works, and asked if he could write a prescription.

He told the pharmacist he had a prescription and he would write it himself. 

As soon as he wrote the prescription for OxyContin he was called to a meeting with the pharmacy’s pharmacists. 

I’m going to be there in a few minutes and tell them that I’m writing the prescription myself, Faucais said.

“They looked at me like I was crazy,” he told CBS. 

Instead, Fausco told CBS, the pharmacists told him they would need to take the prescription from him and then take it back to the pharmacy for a final review. 

After Faucus call to the pharmacy went viral, the pharmacy decided to suspend his prescription. 

They told him he had to get the patient to a doctor who could write the prescription.

“I’m a doctor, I’m trained in how to prescribe medicine.

I was able to do it in a professional way,” Fausci said.

“I got the patient on the phone, they got her on the telephone and I took her to the doctor.

She wasn’t in pain.

She told me she had never been so sick.” 

Fausci says he has had several patients who have had respiratory and heart issues related to his prescribing.

“There are many patients who are in serious danger, they are dying,” Fauxi said.

Dr. Daniel Nuss, an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Michigan School of Medicine, told CBS that patients who use opioids for pain relief have a high rate of death, especially from opioid-related deaths. 

Nuss told CBS he has seen patients die of drug overdoses in his practice. 

An investigation by the New York Times revealed that many doctors are prescribing opioids for patients who don’t need them. 

On Monday, the FDA released its findings from the second year of its investigation into the opioid epidemic, which found that nearly 20 million people have been prescribed opioids since 2016, with more than 8 million Americans dying from the overdoses. 

Overdoses, opioid overdoses and deaths from opioids were among the top three causes of death in the country in 2017.

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