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Study: Informing doctors of fatal ODs linked to fewer opioid prescriptions

By Judy Packer-Tursman

One partial solution to the U.S. opioid crisis is to tell doctors when their patients have died from an overdose, a study published Friday suggests.

A letter from the county medical examiner was found to reduce notified doctors’ opioid prescribing more than those doctors left uninformed, with lasting effect, according to a research letter in JAMA Network Open.

The researchers from the University of Southern California acknowledged there is no simple solution to America’s deadly overdose epidemic, which they said killed 100,000 people a year and erases gains in life expectancy.

But they said this single, low-cost intervention can make a difference.

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