A new study finds requiring doctors to register with their state prescription drug monitoring program reduces the amount of opioid painkillers Medicaid patients receive. The program uses a database to track patients’ opioid prescriptions. The study also found requiring doctors to register with the program saved money, Philly.com reports. Requiring doctors to register with their state program led to an almost 10 percent drop in prescriptions for the most potent opioids between 2011 and 2014, researcher report in Health Affairs. The study found mandatory checking of the database was no more effective than requiring providers to register. The prescription drug monitoring programs are designed to reduce the number of patients who “doctor-shop,” or get prescriptions from multiple doctors.
According to the The Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey, Garden State residents will now be informed of the addictive qualities of the medicines their children are prescribed thanks to a new law, the first of its kind in the nation, which passed recently in the State. The new law (A3424/S2156) signed by Governor Chris Christie requires prescribers, both physicians and dentists, to speak to the parents of their patients under the age of 18 before prescribing an opioid, according to Angelo M. Valente, Executive Director of The Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey (PDFNJ). The law also requires prescribers to discuss non-opiate alternatives and make note of the conversation. “The passage of today’s law will guarantee that families are equipped with the knowledge they need to prevent opiate abuse in their children. This groundbreaking law will serve as a model for the rest of the nation in their efforts...
The incidence of babies born in the United States with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) quadrupled from 1999 to 2013, from 1.5 to 6.0 cases per 1,000 hospital births, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). NAS is a group of problems that occur in a newborn who was exposed to addictive opiate drugs while in the mother’s womb. Babies with NAS experience opioid withdrawal symptoms such as tremors, increased muscle tone, high-pitched crying and seizures, the CDC researchers reported. Maine, Vermont and West Virginia had the highest rates of NAS among the 28 states involved in the study, HealthDay reports.
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