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By Curtis Killman
Tulsa World 

New opioid law aims to cut down on abuse, but some say it hurts those who need pain medication


November 9, 2018

A state law that took effect Nov. 1 mandates new prescribing limits for opioids, but some worry it could end up hurting patients who suffer from chronic pain.

Senate Bill 1446 will limit initial opioid prescription terms and require providers to take extra measures when dosages exceed certain thresholds.

The new law has been hailed for its attempt to address opioid abuse in the state.

Oklahoma ranks No. 6 in the nation in opioid prescriptions dispensed per capita, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“This certainly does have the potential to curb a lot of abu...

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