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Ohio's tough new opiate law

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Ohio is limiting the amount of opiates a doctor can prescribe to just 7 days. link

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I should point out that cancer patients and patients in hospice are exempted from the 7 day limit.

Also, apparently New Jersey's law is even tougher with a 5 day limit. This is going to sweep the nation.

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So a person who just had a major surgery will only have 5 (NJ) or 7 (ohio) days of painkillers?

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Also ... thanks for posting that link.  I sent it off to one of my DRs as an FYI.  We are not in Ohio or NJ, (in MA), but eventually (like you said):

6 hours ago, jt07 said:

This is going to sweep the nation.

 

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16 minutes ago, melissaw72 said:

So a person who just had a major surgery will only have 5 (NJ) or 7 (ohio) days of painkillers?

I'm assuming that 7 days means 7 days according to the article.

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3 minutes ago, jt07 said:

I'm assuming that 7 days means 7 days according to the article.

Oh, ok.  I see what you mean ... some articles might not be necessarily accurate.

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Also, the article said PCPs and dentists will have these restrictions, so (for example) I'm assuming people in pain management won't have to worry (for now).

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5 hours ago, aquarian said:

Also, the article said PCPs and dentists will have these restrictions, so (for example) I'm assuming people in pain management won't have to worry (for now).

You make a good point so I researched it further. Indeed, it applies to PCPs and dentists. Physicians who prescribe more than 7 days worth of opiates (other than PCPs and dentists) have to take additional training in addiction.

So it's not really as big news as I thought. Good catch!

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1 hour ago, jt07 said:

You make a good point so I researched it further. Indeed, it applies to PCPs and dentists. Physicians who prescribe more than 7 days worth of opiates (other than PCPs and dentists) have to take additional training in addiction.

So it's not really as big news as I thought. Good catch!

jt ... do you have a link to this ... I am relaying info to a DR of mine who deals with chronic pain, and I googled as much as I could think of and couldn't find where it said this.  He probably knows some of this, but he's never mentioned anything about having to take additional training to prescribe the opiates.

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Well, I guess now I'm confused because there are three things going on. First is the action by the governor. Second is the House bill. And third is the Senate bill.

This link explains the House and Senate bills and it is pretty clear what needs to be done to prescribe more than the set amount including additional training in addiction and having addiction treatment available. Look at the section entitled "Under Senate Bill 119 and House Bill 167."

What is confusing me is what exactly the governor has done. I *think* this applies to acute pain management and not to chronic pain management, but I can't necessarily back that up.

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