Reducing Opioid Prescription Painkiller Abuse, New York Mayor Bloomberg Announces New Guidelines

“New emergency room guidelines to prevent opioid prescription painkiller abuse have been announced by New York Mayor Bloomberg, Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services Linda I. Gibbs and Chief Policy Advisor John Feinblatt. The guidelines will be used in all New York City’s public hospitals. He explained that public hospital emergency departments will no longer prescribe long-acting opioid painkillers. Doctors in emergency departments will only prescribe a three-day supply of such medications – all destroyed, lost or stolen prescriptions will not be able to be refilled in emergency departments.”

Source: Medical News Today – January 14, 2013