State Laws on Prescription Drug Misuse and Abuse
The United States is experiencing an unprecedented epidemic of prescription drug[?] overdose deaths.
This hasn’t been true since the early 2000’s and is completely untrue after 2010. The CDC us still firmly entrenched in the 90’s and ignoring heroin and fentanyl, which are the cause of most overdose deaths by now.
State laws are often used to prevent various injuries, with demonstrated benefits, yet little information exists about the effectiveness of state statutes or regulations designed to prevent prescription drug abuse and diversion.
Yet, more and more laws are being passed to restrict opioid prescriptions, making the assumption that such changes are beneficial, or at least not harmful, to pain patients.
In partnership with CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, PHLP created menus summarizing some of the legal strategies states have used to address prescription drug misuse, abuse, and overdose.
Yes, even though prescription opiods are no longer the driver of overdoses.
Here are their brilliantly ignorant documents on ineffective and dangerous policies:
An inventory of time and dosage limit laws on the prescribing or dispensing of controlled substances.
An inventory of physical examination laws that expressly require a practitioner to examine or evaluate the patient before prescribing or dispensing controlled substances.
An inventory of state legal strategies to help assess doctor shopping laws. Doctor shopping is when a patient visits multiple healthcare practitioners to obtain controlled substances without the prescribers’ knowledge of the other prescriptions.
An inventory of various state laws aimed at inhibiting diversion of prescription drugs by establishing requirements for tamper-resistant prescription forms
An inventory of various provisions in state prescription drug identification laws, including laws requiring patients to show personal identification to pharmacists before receiving prescription drugs
An inventory of state legal strategies to help assess pain management clinic laws
An inventory of emergency laws that grant people who call 911 in response to an overdose emergency either immunity from prosecution or mitigation in prosecution or at sentencing
An overview of legal efforts at the federal, state, and local levels to limit access to pseudoephedrine, the main ingredient used to make methamphetamine