BLOOMBERG: Restrict Painkillers in HospitalsSubmitted by emalvini on Fri, 01/11/2013 - 00:00
BLOOMBERG: Restrict Painkillers in Hospitals
NEW YORK TIMES
By ANEMONA HARTOCOLLIS
Published: January 10, 2013
Some of the most common and most powerful prescription painkillers on the market will be restricted sharply in the emergency rooms at New York City’s 11 public hospitals, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said Thursday in an effort to crack down on what he called a citywide and national epidemic of prescription drug abuse.
Under the new city policy, most public hospital patients will no longer be able to get more than three days’ worth of narcotic painkillers like Vicodin and Percocet. Long-acting painkillers, including OxyContin, a familiar remedy for chronic backache and arthritis, as well as Fentanyl patches and methadone, will not be dispensed at all. And lost, stolen or destroyed prescriptions will not be refilled.