From The New York Times:
Move to Restrict Pain Killers Puts Onus on Doctors
Regulators in Washington State are attempting to stem what some see as the excessive use of prescribed narcotics.
Overdose deaths are the second leading cause of deaths, second only to car accidents. Doctors across the country are not being held accountable for the deaths which are being caused by the over prescription of narcotic pain medications. Someone must hold these professionals responsible! Limitations on medical malpractice liability is not the answer. Shouldn't doctors be held responsible if they give patients that they know are addicted to pain medicine, more drugs? Doctors should not get a free pass on negligent conduct just because they hold an M.D. license.
Spencer T. Kuvin
Cohen & Kuvin, LLC