Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Marchman Act Blog: Washington Imposes New Rules on Prescribing Powerful Painkillers
Other states are closely watching the regulatory efforts in Washington, designed to crack down on prescription-drug abuse and overdose deaths that some attribute to physician ignorance or laxness in prescribing such powerful medications.
"This is not just about addicts but little old ladies with arthritis starting to die because of this kind of medical practice," said pain specialist Alex Cahana, who is helping to draft the Washington regulations.
Advocates for pain sufferers say the new rules will result in legitimate patients being denied needed medication.