WNBC I-Team: Fentanyl Causes Early Death for Woman Seeking Pain Relief, Family Alleges

February 3, 2017 11:14 AM

A New Jersey woman died from using a potent form of fentanyl, a dangerously addictive painkiller that was prescribed by her doctor for her acute pain. This and other cases have prompted investigations across the country when the drug was prescribed for off-label uses and for people who didn’t really need it. Jose Contreras, M.D., chair, Pain and Palliative Institute at HackensackUMC, now a member of the Hackensack Meridian family, says fentanyl should only be used in the most extreme cases, including for use by cancer patients.

 

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