New Virginia rules see fall in painkiller prescriptions
June 9, 2017
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Measures designed to combat Virginia's opioid epidemic have seen the number of prescriptions for painkillers filled by pharmacies fall since their implementation in March.
The Roanoke Times reports (http://bit.ly/2rQQoes ) the regulations issued by the Board of Medicine require doctors to try methods other than opioids to treat pain, and to limit supplies. A law taking effect in July requires prescribers to check what other controlled substances a patient is taking when prescribing opioids for more than seven days.
The dispensation of the most powerful opioids fell fr...