Opiate article raises more questions

Dear Editor:

I found the article about opiate availability in the July 25 edition interesting. There was one omission of principal sources of prescriptions — the hospitals dispensing from their pharmacies for patients use.

I raise this question because as a patient for pneumonia this spring I was offered fentanyl for pain. I did not have pain but it alarmed me that this very potent drug was so easily offered. This is the drug that is responsible for most of the overdose deaths in the opiate-dependent population. It is elephant tranquilizer! What is it doing in our hospitals? Is this good pain therapy? I really would like to know.

Thank you.

Richard Washburn


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