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US governors seek to limit opioid prescribing

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i1144 (Published 24 February 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i1144
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. Montreal

US state governors have proposed measures to tackle opioid addiction, including a plan for state governments to draw up rules on prescribing that would limit the number of pills physicians could prescribe to a new patient.

In this election year the fast growing opioid problem in the United States has come to loom large on the radar of many politicians. “This is really what keeps me up at night,” said Indiana’s Republican governor, Mike Pence. “There is no city, no town, in the state of Indiana that is not affected by this stuff.”

US citizens consumed 250 million opioid pills last year, double the per capita rate in the second highest prescribing country, Canada.

The changing face of drug addiction has brought a …

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