NBC 4 New York—May 12, 2016
NBC 4 New York I-Team reporter Chris Glorioso covers a story about a lawsuit that alleges over a course of one year, a physician prescribed more than 1,300 doses of Demerol and Dilaudid to a patient.
Seth A. Waldman, MD, an anesthesiologist at Hospital for Special Surgery and director of its pain management division, comments on use of injectable opioids for pain management treatment: "I can't think of a circumstance in which you do that to a single patient. I can't imagine a condition where, for somebody who doesn't have a terminal illness, you would decide to manage them electively with injections of Demerol. That's hard to imagine."
Dr. Waldman also noted in the interview that, "Injectable opioids are generally intended for acute pain relief like after a surgical operation or to alleviate pain during end-of-life palliative care."
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