Current Events in Law and Public Policy Implications for Pain Care Practitioners

The 2011 conviction of Dr. Conrad Murray for the homicide of Michael Jackson and the prescription drug-related death of Whitney Houston are just 2 of the recent headlines drawing increased public attention to prescription drug abuse in the United States. Lawmakers, regulators, prosecutors, and judges are eager to respond, and the implications are tremendous for pain care providers. This presentation provides a review of prescription drug abuse events over the past 12 months and a discussion of their impact on healthcare providers treating people with pain. Topics will include noteworthy legal cases, congressional efforts to tie prescriber education to DEA registration and to limit medication supply and indications, and select state-level restrictions on practitioners and patients.

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