Fentanyl patches (Duragesic, etc) are causing deaths

Fentanyl patches (Duragesic, etc) are causing deaths...still.

Many overdoses are due to inappropriate use. Watch for Rxs for acute or post-op pain...or for patients not tolerant of opioids.

In general, patients should be on at least 60 mg/day of oral morphine or an equivalent for a week or longer before starting a fentanyl patch.

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