At least 17 states have passed laws limiting painkiller prescribing, The Washington Post reports. Some states have enacted measures that limit opioid prescriptions to five or seven days, while others have passed dosage limits.
There was an overall decline in the amount of opioids prescribed in the United States between 2010 and 2015, but the quantity of prescriptions is still extremely high, according to a new government report.
Sheriffs and police officers across the country who recognize the extent of the opioid epidemic are implementing innovative programs that focus on treatment of the underlying substance use disorder as a long-term solution.
In 2015, more than 12 million Americans reported misusing a prescription opioid in the past year. All of us – health care professionals, parents, educators, community leaders, law enforcement and policy makers – have a role to play in reversing the nation’s opioid epidemic and saving lives. The American Medical Association and the Partnership together are committed to ensuring that physicians and families have the education and resources they need. We urge you to join us in our efforts to reverse this national epidemic.
Two major drug wholesalers recently agreed to pay millions of dollars to settle claims they failed to report suspicious orders for opioid painkillers to the Drug Enforcement Administration, according to NPR.