Be Ready to Handle Restrictions on Initial Opioid Prescriptions

New state and insurer limits on initial opioid Rxs will raise questions about how to manage ACUTE pain.

Some payers and over a third of states now restrict first-time opioid Rxs...such as limiting to a 3- to 10-day supply or capping doses.

About half of post-op opioids aren't used...leading to leftover meds and potential misuse or diversion. Plus about one in 7 patients who get a second opioid Rx are still taking them a year later.

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