The crisis of opioid at the Washington state is to introduce big changes for the current prescription pattern opted by the doctors for provisioning medically approved narcotics. The patients will now observe the difference with diminishing quantity of the prescribed narcotics.
Currently, several doctors might easily prescribe you a medication that aids you with proper control over the chronic pain you have been suffering from, especially if you had a surgery that led to the occurrence of this pain. The introduction of new regulations shall mean that more checks are ensured while the doctors prescribe medications to the patients. This will ensure that the pills shall not be abused.
Last September, the surgery conducted over the wrist of a patient named Merv Rasmussen for removal of a benign tumor went on to last for a duration of 2+ hours. He said that he was prescribed about 40 tablets for the medication named oxycodone for a supply of 10 days. Rasmussen, who is a former pediatrician, took just one from the lot for controlling the pain issues. All those leftover pills now worry doctors such as Hasie Wong, the family doctor for Rasmussen.
Dr. Wong commented that this might be a concern stemming from the fact that those extra leftovers could evidently be the initial stage of opioid addiction in the patients. There is a probable chance that the patient would get addicted to the same or maybe even overdose when not monitored.
The chairperson from Washington State Medical Commission, Dr. Alden Roberts stated that the creation of this new bill will increase the scrutiny over the opioids being prescribed by the doctors to ensure such cases do not surface. The ESHB 1427 is the latest bill that will change the rules and regulations for opioid prescription to increase the monitoring.
These new changes shall take effect from next January in order to curb opioid misuse. Many doctors at the state agree to the fact that a massive amount of prescribed tablets and opioids have been floating around with minimal need for the patient but provided nevertheless. Whether the introduction of this law shall fix this is a question with results to be observable only post-implementation.
Dr. Wong commented that these changes to prescription pattern might hopefully make the doctors aware of how much pain medication should actually be prescribed. Hopefully, the law might minimize abuse while educating people with proper ways to use the extra medications or dispose the same if needed in a proper way.