Title

Preventing Injury from Opioids: Is Washington State’s New Prescribing Policy the Answer?

Document Type

Presentation

Presentation Date

Fall 9-8-2011

Conference Name

PAINWEEK 2011: The National Conference for Frontline Practitioners

Conference Location

Las Vegas, Nevada

Abstract

In an effort to reduce the risk of overdose death and diversion associated with opioids, the state of Washington has recently passed legislation that will require a pain consultation once a chronic, non-cancer pain patient has reached 120mg Morphine Equivalent Dose (MED) per day. Panelists will discuss the extent of the national problem, how public policy is created, Washington’s unique approach, and the need for increased collaboration between policymakers and prescribers.

Keywords

opioids, morphine, pain, Washington, prescription

Disciplines

Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration

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