The US Senate recently passed legislation designed to address the nation’s opioid addiction epidemic, and President Obama is expected to sign it into law. Among other things, the bill promotes the use of opioid contracts. These are written agreements between doctors and patients about the conditions for prescribing opioids long term for chronic pain.
This is great news. It could also harm patients. My patient, Cindy was a perfect example.
To hear what happened, read my new article at The Boston Globe's new publication STAT.