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NEW LAW: Oklahoma Limits Initial Opioid Dose

Alternative Solutions to Exposure, with Safeguards for Chronic Pain Patients

Beginning in November, Oklahoma doctors may prescribe opioids, but the initial prescription will be for a week and at the lowest dose. Dr. Kevin Taubman, Past President of the Oklahoma State Medical Association, said “The initial legislation was designed to try to avoid that initial huge exposure to the opioids so that legislation was designed to put a, a very expected evolution of how much you could give somebody on an initial prescription and within the first 30-days ultimately.”

An effort to curb the opioid epidemic in Oklahoma, the law went into effect November 1, 2019. To safeguard those in chronic pain, however, patients must enter into a pain management agreement with their physician.

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