The War On Pain Medications – part 1

Christie signs drug bill
Photo credit:
http://www.northjersey.com/story/news/new-jersey/2017/02/15/christie-signs-historic-anti-addiction-legislation/97969356/
Gov. Chris Christie signs bill into law in New Jersey, limiting opiate pain medications to five days.

I can hardly read the news these days without hearing about the epidemic of people addicted to opiates. The DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency) and the Justice Department have ordered the pharmaceutical companies to start cutting the amount of opiates that they manufacture.  Now the states are passing laws about the length of time patients can be on controlled pain medication such as codeine, tramadol, oxycodone, fentanyl, Norco, and Vicodin.

The following states have already passed laws to restrict opiate prescriptions to a mere 7 days:

Arizona (beginning April 1, 2017)
http://www.azcentral.com/story/money/business/health/2016/11/18/gov-doug-duceys-limits-opioid-prescriptions-raises-questions-medical-community/93985632/

Connecticut (as of May 2016)
http://wtnh.com/2016/05/27/new-law-caps-opioid-prescriptions/

Delaware (beginning April 1, 2017)
http://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/health/2017/02/01/delaware-tightens-prescription-drug-rules/97335210/

Maine (as of January 2017)
http://www.pressherald.com/2016/12/29/new-laws-for-2017-will-affect-painkiller-prescriptions-state-park-entry-fees-and-more/

Massachusetts (as of March 2016)
http://www.mass.gov/governor/press-office/press-releases/fy2016/governor-signs-landmark-opioid-legislation-into-law.html

New York (as of July 2016)
http://bigstory.ap.org/article/51e5a34d48ea41df91dc2a19e58852c7/new-york-sets-7-day-limit-initial-opioid-prescriptions

Pennsylvania (as of March 2017)
http://berkscms.org/pennsylvanias-new-opioid-restrictions/

Some states limit the amount of each opiate, instead of specifying how many days it can be prescribed for:

Rhode Island
http://www.providencejournal.com/news/20160519/ri-senate-approves-bill-limiting-opioid-prescriptions

Vermont
https://vtdigger.org/2016/12/06/state-sets-limits-initial-painkiller-prescriptions/

Just last month, the state of New Jersey became the most restrictive state in the country, only willing to give their patients five days of pain prescriptions!

New Jersey (5 days as of Feb 15, 2017)
http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2017/02/bill_limitig_painkiller_prescription_on_christies.html

Other states are beginning to work on legislation to restrict opiates:

Alaska
https://gov.alaska.gov/newsroom/2017/03/governor-walker-introduces-legislation-to-combat-alaskas-growing-opioid-epidemic/

Georgia
http://muscogee.allongeorgia.com/bill-would-limit-customers-to-7-day-prescription-for-some-drugs/

Hawaii
http://www.kitv.com/story/34283596/lawmakers-want-to-limit-painkiller-prescriptions

Kentucky
https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/kentucky/articles/2017-02-28/house-oks-bill-to-limit-length-of-painkiller-prescriptions

Maryland
http://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/blogs/stateline/2017/01/25/maryland-moves-to-limit-opioid-painkillers

Michigan
http://www.pharmacytimes.com/contributor/eric-roath-pharmd/2016/11/michigan-introduces-legislation-targeting-opioid-overprescribing

Montana
http://missoulian.com/news/government-and-politics/restrictions-on-opioid-prescriptions-passes-initial-vote/article_1f76ca62-bd0c-5327-906c-cff70d9323d1.html

North Carolina
http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article135975803.html

Oregon
http://www.bizjournals.com/portland/news/2017/01/24/legislature-2017-bill-would-limit-first-painkiller.html

(To be continued)

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