Posted by 20 March 2019
Patients who use opioids to treat their pain would not be able to receive more than a 7-day supply under legislation introduced in the U.S. Senate.
Republican Cory Gardner of Colorado and Democrat Kristin Gillibrand of New York have introduced S. 724. This bill would require that when physicians register with the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, they pledge not to prescribe opioids in excess of a 7-day supply and not to offer a prescription refill.
Supporters of the bill contend that this would limit the amount of leftover opioids that may fall into the hands of addicts or potential addicts. They argue that evidence indicates that there is little need for longer opioid prescriptions for pain management. Opponents counter that this is a decision that should be left to doctors, not government bureaucrats. They also say that some people need longer prescriptions for chronic pain management, so a 7-day limit is cruelly depriving those patients of needed medication.
Fifteen states have similar laws limiting opioid prescriptions.
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