The Wisconsin Medical Examining Board adopted new guidelines for prescribing opioid painkillers aimed at combating heroin use, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
According to the article, the guidelines include:
- Treating pain through other methods before prescribing opioids
- Prescribing the drugs in the lowest dose possible
- Issuing multiple prescriptions with specific refill dates rather than one larger prescription
- Documenting a treatment plan to avoid addiction and overdose
For more details, see the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article.