We've talked a lot this past year about the dangers of opioid abuse, and have seen first-hand in our own region, the dangers of over prescribing opioids.
Saturday, Aug. 18 at 7 p.m., WECT is airing a special investigative piece called "Licensed to Pill," that deals with the Opioid abuse and over prescription in America.
This is a truly ground breaking investigative series that exposes some of the most aggressive prescribers of opioids in the country and uncovers their questionable methods of doling out pain pills. This report has already triggered response by Federal agents and the Federal grand jury indicting two of the exposed doctors.
To be clear, the are many in the medical community as well as on the patient side who practice responsible behavior when prescribing or taking pain medications. But "Licensed to Pill" takes a look at the other side of that world, where addicts are being created due to aggressive and often unnecessary prescriptions of pain medications.
This is a complicated issue, but education and awareness are key points to help us become better a dealing with these dangers.
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