Why Is This Important?
Prescription opioids are now the leading basis for drug malpractice lawsuits across the country, accounting for 25% of drug related medical malpractice. The basis for their claim? “No one told us they were addictive.” If your name is on the bottle, YOU ARE AT RISK. Following the CDC’s Guideline for Prescribing Opioids is not enough to protect you in a court of law. You need to INFORM patients, MONITOR treatment, & DOCUMENT everything.
Opioid Addiction Starts at the Most Unexpected Places
Of people entering treatment for heroin addiction who began abusing opioids in the 1960s, more than 80 percent started with heroin. Of those who began abusing opioids in the 2000s, 75 percent reported that their first opioid was a prescription drug (Cicero et al., 2014).
Opioid Therapy Is Not a Prescription for Addiction
Join hundreds of medical professionals who trust Switalski Law and Consulting to guide them in opioid addiction prevention.
You Took an Oath to Do No Harm. I Can Help You Prevent It.
The new prescribing laws for treatment of acute and chronic pain for minors and adults are in place to help you and your patient prevent opioid dependency and ultimately drug addiction and/or death. Yet, every day, in courtrooms across America, medical malpractice litigation is ending in thousands of verdicts against doctors. Harm by omission is harm.
You Can Protect Yourself and Your Patients. I Can Show You How.
Jodi Switalski is an experienced attorney and a former sobriety, drug, and veterans treatment court judge in Michigan. She is a nationally recognized expert on substance abuse, risk evaluation and mitigation strategies for medical and dental practitioners. Jodi has witnessed the devastating effects of substance abuse and dependency within our families, our children, and our communities. The opioid crisis is very real and the consequences are tragic. But you can make a difference. You can prescribe opioids safely and you can prevent dependency. And you can protect yourself from liability. You just need the right tools and informed consent documentation. You can get them from me. Make the decision today to change your process for prescribing opioids and pain management therapy.
Do Something. Be The Change.