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Addiction Counseling Certification Article on New Opioid Laws

With new prescription laws hoping to net abuse and limit drug addiction, there is a group suffering from the fallout.  Legitimate individuals in hospice and other post op patients are now suffering the effects of not having enough pain medication during recovery.  Hopefully a balance can be found.

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The article, Opioid laws to make it difficult to get prescription, by RILEY MURDOCK states,

“As the opioid epidemic continues to make headlines across the country, Michigan has new laws poised to take effect that would combat addiction at the source.

The damage done by the epidemic is staggering:  2,356 people died in 2016 of drug overdoses in Michigan, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. This number eclipses the 1,064 deaths from car accidents in 2016, according to Michigan State Police.

About 115 opioid prescriptions were written for every 100 people in 2015, according to the department.

The new laws, set to take place at differing times within the year, place additional restrictions on the prescription of opioids, among other provisions.

Hospice care providers and other professionals who use opioids, however, say they’re concerned the changes will inhibit their ability to properly provide patient care.

Michael Paletta, the chief medical officer at Hospice of Michigan, said two provisions in the laws might make it more difficult to provide timely and effective hospice care.

Paletta is the hospice representative on Gov. Snyder’s Michigan Prescription Drug and Opioid Abuse Commission.

One change requires physicians prescribing opioids to be able to demonstrate they have a “bona fide provider-patient relationship.” To prescribe opioids, a doctor is required to take a patient’s medical history, examine the patient in person and draw up a plan for care.”

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