New Guidelines for Prescription Painkillers

Docs asked to avoid prescribing narcotics.

New efforts are underway to reduce prescription drug abuse, possibly the leading cause of accidental death in this country.

A new policy paper from the American College of Physicians recommends changes to cut down on prescription drug abuse. A recent analysis from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests that prescription drug abuse may now be the leading cause of accidental death in the U.S.

Among the policy changes, the ACP recommends that doctors first consider non-addictive pain killers before prescribing potentially addictive opioids. The group also wants to establish guidelines for dosage levels and duration of treatment.

The ACP also wants to connect all state drug monitoring programs so that patients cannot go across state lines to get multiple prescriptions

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