Opioid Overdoses Due to New York Medical Malpractice


Opioid Overdoses and New York Medical Malpractice

It is without question that there is a known opioid crisis in the United States.  This spans many other countries as well, including Europe and Asia.  Opioids are quickly becoming one of the most deadly recreational drugs.  Some people and organizations, including patient advocate groups and crime victim/criminal support groups are calling for action against doctors and healthcare providers who are prescribing opioids without much regulation.  Could prescribing opioids really be actionable?  Could it be New York medical malpractice? 

Yes, it could be!

Opioids are very powerful painkillers.  They are found in common OR or surgical drugs such as Morphine, Hydrocodone, Fentanyl, Percocet, Versed, and other related drugs.  These drugs can be very powerful, particularly Fentanyl, and have long-lasting effects.

This drugs can also be very addictive and result in instant addictions with as few as ONE DOSE.  That is a very crazy substance!

Prescribing opioids can be New York medical malpractice in certain situations which include some of the following examples:

  • When a patient is allergic to the drug;
  • When the patient has a known drug addiction;
  • When the patient is low blood pressure or other heart complications;
  • When other drug interactions react with the opioids;
  • Overdoses;
  • Prescribing too many pills at one time; and 
  • Many other issues.

Prescribing medical is a very serious and important task performed by doctors.  This cannot be abused or taken so lightly.  Doctors must be sure to appropriately work with patients to ensure that opioid prescriptions are not just handed out like candy.  If there is a wrongful death due to an overdose or from prescribing too many pills, it can be due to New York medical malpractice.

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