By David Mittleman

Study Reveals More Than Half of Hospitalized Patients Are Given Addictive Prescription Painkillers

A recent study conducted by researchers as Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center discovered that more than half of patients hospitalized at 286 medical centers across the country were prescribed addictive pain medication. Although the researchers were unable to determine if the drugs were prescribed unnecessarily, they did find that the hospitals that prescribed the most opioids such as morphine, oxycodone and fentanyl had patients more likely to overdose or suffer other adverse consequences of the drugs.

Rate of Painkiller Prescriptions Varies by Region

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