Thursday, March 17, 2016

Some States Limiting Prescribing of Opioids

Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, March 15, 2016

"Some states are limiting how opioids are prescribed, in an effort to reduce the number of deaths from prescription painkillers, The New York Times reports. These states are frustrated by a lack of action by the federal government.

Last week legislators in Massachusetts passed a measure that would limit opioid prescriptions to a seven-day supply after surgery or an injury. The bill is expected to be signed this week.

The Massachusetts Medical Society supported the seven-day limit on opioid prescriptions. 'Usually we are opposed to carving anything in stone that has to do with medical practice,' said Dr. Dennis Dimitri, President of the Massachusetts Medical Society. 'But we are willing to go forward with this limitation because we recognize this is a unique public health crisis.'” Read more

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