Many people that are prescribed painkillers by a physician understand that it’s important to follow instructions regarding proper dosage and consumption. However, it may not occur to most patients to question the type and number of prescriptions they receive from doctors, since many assume that physicians are aware of their full medication list. Unfortunately, Medicare patients in the state of Maryland and across the country may be subjected to serious cases of doctor error over painkiller prescriptions.
The number of elderly adults taking opioid prescriptions on a long-term basis increased by approximately 4 percent in less than a decade. In fact, more than 200 million prescriptions for painkillers are estimated to be issued annually in the U. S. And while more people are being prescribed opioid-based medications, incidents of prescriptions being written by more than one source are linked to serious health risks, complications, and injuries.