August 4, 2016
Wisconsin medical board adopts opioid prescribing guidelines
The Wisconsin Medical Examining Board adopted new guidelines for prescribing opioid painkillers aimed at combating heroin use, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
According to the article, the guidelines include:
- Treating pain through other methods before prescribing opioids
- Prescribing the drugs in the lowest dose possible
- Issuing multiple prescriptions with specific refill dates rather than one larger prescription
- Documenting a treatment plan to avoid addiction and overdose
For more details, see the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article .