S.O.S. Drug Policy Newsletter & Legislative Updates

New Bill to Put 7-Day Limit on Pain Med Prescriptions

by Megan Brooks April 19, 2017 In an effort to combat opioid addiction and abuse, US Senators John McCain (R-Ariz) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) have introduced bipartisan legislation that would limit the initial supply of opioids for acute pain to 7 days. This limit does not apply to the treatment of chronic pain; pain being…
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In fight against opioids, prevention is crucial but often overlooked

By Eric Russell In York County, the Choose to Be Healthy Coalition at York Hospital has organized prescription drug takeback programs and helped present data on substance use to parents at regional high schools. In Brunswick, Mid Coast Hospital sponsored a training program for parents to effectively monitor their children for warning signs of substance…
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Trump Administration Announces Opiate Epidemic Task Force

By Laura Kelly President Trump last week took a first step in evaluating his administration’s response to the epidemic by creating the Commission on Combatting Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis. “I made a promise to the American people to take action to keep drugs from pouring into our country and to help those who…
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