Delaware Doctor Loses Medical License Over Opioid Prescriptions
DOVER, DE. – According to a release posted online at news.delaware.gov, a doctor in the state of Delaware has lost her medical license over her practice of prescribing opioids. The doctor had reportedly been prescribing the painkillers to patients who were high risk in terms of potential for addiction.*
The Delaware Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline has reportedly revoked the medical license and controlled substance registrations of a medical doctor practicing in the state. The revocation stems from the doctor’s purported “unprofessional conduct” in prescribing opioid painkillers to patients who were at an increased risk for addiction.
News of this doctor’s license revocation breaks alongside other news reports and lawsuit filings related to the nation’s opioid epidemic. In 2017, opioid overdoses were one of the leading causes of death for Americans. Overdoses killed more people in the United States that year than car accidents.
Because patients of the now-unlicensed Delaware doctor could be left without a prescribing physician, the Delaware Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health is offering resources for obtaining ongoing treatment. The release posted online warns that patients should not discontinue their prescription opioid use without consulting a medical doctor, as this can lead to dangerous withdrawal symptoms.
Symptoms associated with withdrawal from benzodiazepines (Xanax, Ativan, Valium, and Klonopin) include:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Rapid heart rate
- High blood pressure readings
- Sweating and shaking
Patients who are experiencing any of these symptoms and who are not under the care of a medical doctor should immediately go to the nearest emergency room.
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