The Hill published an opinion piece by NACDS President & CEO Steven C. Anderson, IOM, CAE, that urges enactment of legislation to help reduce opioid addiction and abuse.
- The opinion piece urges support for S. 724/H.R. 1614, introduced by U.S. Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Cory Gardner (R-CO), and U.S. Reps. John Katko (R-NY) and Thomas R. Suozzi (D-NY).
- The bill would limit to a seven-day supply a first prescription of opioids for temporary, or acute, pain – such as that associated with a broken bone.
- The bill does not apply to prescriptions for those in need of the medications for chronic pain, cancer, other diseases, and end-of-life care.
- The legislation is consistent with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) guidelines for prescribing opioids.
- The legislation would not prevent a prescriber from issuing another prescription after the first one to address a patient’s needs.