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Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Doctors from the lowest-ranked U.S. medical schools are three times as likely to prescribe opioids as those trained at Harvard, the top-ranked U.S. school, according to a new research paper. Why it matters: The authors argue that doctor training is an overlooked driver of the American opiate epidemic. In a paper published Monday with the National Bureau of Economic Research, Princeton economists Molly Schnell and Janet Currie find a "striking relationship" between the frequency of prescriptions and medical school attended: doctors trained at top-ranked medical schools like Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Penn, Stanford and Washington University in St. Louis "are less likely to write any opioid prescriptions," they write. And such doctors who do prescribe opiates do so at a lower rate than the typical MD.

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Snot nosed cosmopolitans should give the people what they want.

#1 | Posted by bored at 2017-08-08 05:33 PM | Reply

Best medical service money can buy...

#2 | Posted by ClownShack at 2017-08-08 05:36 PM | Reply

Or, doctors trained at expensive schools are rich and don't care when people are in pain.

#3 | Posted by LEgregius at 2017-08-09 05:09 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Smarter people do less dumb things.

News at 11.

#4 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-08-09 05:45 PM | Reply

Instead of spending more money treating people addicted to pain killers maybe some of that new money should go towards researching how to relieve pain without creating addicts.

All the laws they have paced in recent months do nothing to help the problem. All they have succeeded in doing is making it harder and more expensive for people who are actually in pain to get their medications which has increased the problem. When people are unable to afford or get their pain meds in a timely manner they are forced to resort to the cheaper, more readily available heroin. You can't understand how horrible it is to force a person to just endure excruciating pain for a few days because some pinhead bureaucrat thought limiting the amount of oxy the pharmacy could order would somehow prevent people from doing heroin. You have no choice but to wait. If you take the prescription elsewhere you will be accused of pill shopping and might not get it at all. My wife has permanent chronic nerve pain. She fought back from paralysis and is running a business but now she has to pay an extra $200/month out of pocket and sometimes go without pain meds for days.

STOP FIGHTING THE SYMPTOM. FUND RESEARCH INTO A REAL SOLUTION

#5 | Posted by hatter5183 at 2017-08-09 05:50 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

It's because these doctors are more likely to get the higher level training regarding opioid based medicine. The trainijng is there and only a portion of doctors take advantage. I'd say those docto4s graduating from elite schools are simply more likely to take advantage of higher level training.

#6 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2017-08-09 09:06 PM | Reply

It's because these doctors are more likely to get the higher level training regarding opioid based medicine. The trainijng is there and only a portion of doctors take advantage. I'd say those docto4s graduating from elite schools are simply more likely to take advantage of higher level training.

#6 | POSTED BY RSTYBEACH11 AT 2017-08-09 09:06 PM

Thereis no higher level training. My wife was treated at Mayo. There is no "better" option for pain relief. Any money tagged for research gets used for creating different synthetic versions of the same drugs. The pharmaceuticals don't want to solve chronic pain. They would lose their customer base.

#7 | Posted by hatter5183 at 2017-08-10 03:41 PM | Reply

Thereis no higher level training. My wife was treated at Mayo. There is no "better" option for pain relief. Any money tagged for research gets used for creating different synthetic versions of the same drugs. The pharmaceuticals don't want to solve chronic pain. They would lose their customer base.
#7 | POSTED BY HATTER5183

I'm not in the field, so take my post with a grain of salt. But this discussion took place on the radio just a few days ago and a nurse made the claim. She was very convincing that the higher level training is available, but only a small portion of doctors take it.

#8 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2017-08-10 03:57 PM | Reply

My wife and I have spent the last 9 years trying to find a better option. My wife can't get full relief from pain. She can only get it down to "manageable" levels. We had to work out a combination of drugs that lets her get pain relief without making her doped up. cannabis oil is a potential option but currently in our state it is legal to use cannibis oil but the morons in the state legislature wrote the law so narrowly that although it is legal to use it for medical purposes, it is illegal to make it, sell it, buy it, transport it, or possess it. So as long as your ok with committing 5 felonies first, you can use cannibis oil.

The brainiacs in the legislature think my wife needs treatment for her addiction. SHE NEEDS TREATMENT FOR HER PAIN.

#9 | Posted by hatter5183 at 2017-08-10 04:14 PM | Reply

Hatter,

I gave you a NW with #5.

Also, sorry to hear your wife suffers from chronic pain. My wife is suffering with a pinched nerve right now, and while it takes weeks to heal she knows there is an end in sight. I can't even imagine what it must be like to endure chronic nerve pain without end.

#10 | Posted by JeffJ at 2017-08-10 04:17 PM | Reply

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