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Drug Addiction, Facts About Addiction, Substance Abuse  |  July 07, 2016

Do physicians need help curbing opioid prescriptions?

Let’s look at the facts.

Frustrated by the rising epidemic of addiction as well as the public and private costs of the problem - and in response to the release of CDC (Centers for Disease Control) physician guidelines on opioid prescriptions - a number of states have decided to act on their own to halt irresponsible prescribing habits.   Since January, five states in the U.S. (including Connecticut) have set limits on the number of pills a physician can prescribe to a patient for the first time.  Twenty-nine states have acted to improve monitoring of filled opioid prescriptions to prevent “doctor shopping.”

Sounds like an appropriate response to the problem – right? Big drug companies and physicians have been unable to stop this epidemic for whatever reason – so the states have acted.

One would expect there to be widespread support for these new laws.  And there is with a few notable and stunning exceptions.

The American Medical Association – that granddaddy of U.S. medical associations – is balking at the new limits.

They are actually arguing that doctors and patients, rather than lawmakers, should be able to balance the need for pain relief against the risk of addiction in individual cases.

Really?

No – really?

Why don’t we ask the roughly 200,000 families that have lost a loved one to opioid addiction in the last decade what they think?

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