By David Mittleman

Children Prescribed Codeine in the ER Too Frequently Despite Risks

A new study is calling out emergency room doctors for prescribing children in the ER codeine. Codeine is an opiate drug and it can be metabolized too quickly in children, leading to excessive sleepiness and in worse cases, difficulty breathing. The Food and Drug Administration issued a strict warning last year that it should not be given to children after certain surgeries, and that it should only be used when the benefits are greater than the risks. Nevertheless, given that 25 million ER visits …read more