Prescription painkillers should not be a first choice for treating common ailments like back pain and arthritis, according to new federal guidelines designed to reshape how doctors prescribe drugs like OxyContin and Vicodin. ADVERTISEMENT. Amid an epidemic of addiction and abuse tied to these.
That approach remains accepted. Physicians trained in the 1960s and 1970s — amid a wave of urban heroin use — were taught to reserve opioids for the most severe forms of pain, such as cancer or end-of-life care. In many ways, the guidelines are a return to older medical practice.
And this week, Massachusetts signed into law a seven-day limit on first-time prescriptions for opioids — the first of its kind in the nation. The Food and Drug Administration restricted some widely-prescribed painkillers to limit refills.
The majority of controlled drugs fall into three main groups: Opioid pain medications - Including. Morphine (Category 2); Oxycodone (2) (Percocet and Others); Hydrocodone (2) (Vicodin, Lortab, and others); Codeine (3); Tramadol (4) (Ultram); Fentanyl (2). Benzodiazepine anxiety medications - including. Clonazepam (3).
Our policy on these medications is based on the following:
How will this work?
These drugs include those categorized by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) as category 2, 3, and 4. These medications are so categorized because of their potential for addiction and/or abuse. Our office has an established policy regarding the use of controlled drugs. Because of this they are closely regulated and monitored by the authorities. Misuse of them by either patient or prescriber results in serious penalties under the law.
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