By John J. Barbera, Esq. and Matthew M. Frank, Esq.
Drug overdose deaths are a leading cause of injury death in the United States. The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services estimates that 12.5 million people misused prescription opioids in 2015. A common scenario involves the patient who is prescribed a proper dose of opioids for treatment of pain following an injury. The potential for medical malpractice exposure may develop if the patient becomes dependent on opioids and begins to engage in drug-seeking behavior.