Crackdown on Opioid Production Leads to Hospital Shortages, Medical Errors

Crackdown on Opioid Production Leads to Hospital Shortages, Medical Errors

As the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration demands a sharp cutback in opioid production, many hospitals are reporting a “potentially life-threatening” shortage of standard painkillers, sometimes leading to postponement of surgeries as well as impromptu substitutions and a much greater likelihood of medical errors.