“Stricter guidelines for prescribing and dispensing powerful pain medications are needed to curb the nation’s deadly opioid epidemic, according to a report released Monday from public-health leaders at Johns Hopkins University.
The analysis offered broad recommendations for addressing opioid abuse, but it stood out for its focus on the supply chain, including physicians and pharmacists.
The report called on states and the federal government to overhaul their rules for prescribing opioids, saying existing guidelines are “too permissive.” It applauded Washington state for passing a law that established new dosing criteria and guidance on when to recommend consultation for patients who may be addicted.
The report also said medical licensing boards should have greater authority to investigate high-risk prescribers and dispensers.”
Read more at: https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/maryland-news/johns-hopkins-report-says-to-focus-on-opiod-prescribers-and-dispensers/2015/11/16/8953cc3a-8a55-11e5-be39-0034bb576eee_story.html
The report “The Prescription Opioid Epidemic: An Evidence Based Approach” can be accessed at: http://www.jhsph.edu/research/centers-and-institutes/center-for-drug-safety-and-effectiveness/opioid-epidemic-town-hall-2015/2015-prescription-opioid-epidemic-report.pdf
Source: WashingtonPost.com – November 16, 2015