State Seeks to Curb Opioid Abuse and Overdose

The state of Pennsylvania last week released new guidelines that address issues concerning opioid prescribing for chronic noncancer pain. In response to a Vital Signs report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention documenting the extent of such prescribing, Governor Tom Corbett directed the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, in cooperation with the Pennsylvania Department of Health, to establish the Safe and Effective Prescribing Practices and Pain Management task force in an effort to reduce prescription drug abuse and overdoses in the state.

The new guidelines include recommendations for the use of a multimodal, interdisciplinary approach to pain management, and assistance to prescribing clinicians in identifying the potential for misuse, abuse and addiction in their patients. Additionally, guidance is offered in the areas proper documentation and recordkeeping. Read a news story, with link to the new state guidelines, here.

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