Coroner Sent Letters To Doctors Whose Patients Died Of Opioid Overdoses. Doctors’ Habits Quickly Changed


By Melissa Healy

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Addressed directly to the doctor, the letter arrived in a plain business envelope with a return address of the San Diego County medical examiner’s office.

Its contents were intended, ever so carefully, to focus the physician on a national epidemic of opioid abuse — and his or her possible role in it.

“This is a courtesy communication to inform you that your patient [name, date of birth inserted here] died on [date inserted here]. Prescription drug overdose was either the primary cause of death or contributed to the death,” the letter read…click here to continue reading