New Hampshire Adopts Emergency Opioid Prescribing Rules

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Opioid prescribing can be more art than science, but when one New Hampshire PA who worked at a pain clinic prescribed more than 325,000 painkillers from 2010 to 2013, half of those for just 22 patients, state officials took note—and then action. The state Medical Board adopted emergency rules requiring clinicians prescribing opioids to provide patients informed consent, a risk assessment plan, written pain agreement, and appropriate toxicology screens. New Hampshire's Governor has proposed mandatory courses in pain management and controlled substances for prescribers, periodic urine tests for chronic pain patients using opioids, and a requirement that clinicians check every patient's history prior to prescribing opioids.

Source: NPR

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