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WHEN 109 EMERGENCY room doctors at four different hospitals were asked to estimate how often they prescribe opioids compared with their peers, 65 percent of them underestimated their prescribing rates, according to a yearlong study by the University of Colorado School of Medicine and the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

Considering that prescription opioids contributed to 64,000 drug-overdose deaths in 2016 alone, better self-awareness by doctors writing these prescriptions may literally save lives. Indeed, once the surveyed ER physicians saw their actual data, opioid prescription rates dropped over the following 12 months. The ...

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