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New Law Aims To Curb Prescription Drug Abuse

There’s a new law now in effect in Nevada aimed at curbing prescription drug abuse by preventing the over-prescribing of opioids.

Among the measures in Assembly Bill 474 are benchmarks on prescribers. For instance, painkillers can’t be prescribed for more than 14 days for acute pain.

After 30 days of consecutive prescriptions, the doctor and patient must enter into a narcotic contract that lays out goals for treatment.

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And for any prescription exceeding 365 days, doctors must document their rationale for prescribing opioids for so long.