Are Opioid Limits Harming Pain Patients?

Opioid prescribing guidelines are harming patients with severe chronic pain, according to a letter by 300 medical professionals from across the spectrum of the opioid debate.

The authors' “uneasy alliance” includes 3 former White House drug czars, pain and addiction specialists.

The guidelines are being used to deny patients insurance reimbursements and treatment, according to Health Professionals for Patients in Pain.

Prescriptions have fallen since new, nonbinding guidelines were laid out 3 years ago, with many states now enforcing a hard limit of 90 morphine milligram equivalents per day. But among doctors, debate still rages about whether that ceiling is justified.

The New York Times

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