Addiction Professional Magazine (and exceptional reporter, Gary Enos) have reported on a study released by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Public Health Law Research program and published this past week in JAMA Internal Medicine, which found that the state’s pill mill and prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) laws led to decreases in opioid prescriptions between July 2010 and September 2012.
What that endeavor did do, however, was to cause a direct increase in heroin sales and overdose deaths resulting therefrom.
According to the report, “Study authors suggest ….that states should… encourage drug treatment services for individuals at risk of turning to street heroin when access to prescription opioids becomes restricted.”
Of course, insurance isn’t going to want pay for such treatment…..
I turn, once again, to the face palm:
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