Congress Needs an Opioid Intervention

Thanks to prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs), state-level limits on the number of pills a patient can receive, and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) orders to reduce opioid manufacturing, prescription rates are now at their lowest level since 2006. Yet the overdose death toll over the last eight years is at a historic high.

CORRECTION: The original version of this article named Colorado, not Oregon, as a state that sued to stop warrantless seizure of PDMP records. This version also clarifies that while federal drug authorities can pull those records without a warrant, state and local law enforcement may be subject to different privacy requirements.

TAG: J. Rich, GeorgePeters/iStock, Colorado, Oregon, House of Representatives, overprescription, PDMP, Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs,
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