Pain is one of the top reasons people visit their health care providers, but how these providers treat pain in Florida has changed. On July 1, new restrictions were placed on prescription painkillers in an effort to save the 16 Floridians who die every day from opioid drug overdoses, according to state officials.
“If your practice prescribes controlled substances, especially opioids, on an outpatient basis, this law affects you,” said Alberto Ardon, MD, chair of the Pain and Opioid Stewardship Taskforce at UF Health Jacksonville.
Opioid prescriptions for acute pain can only be prescribed for three days or, when deemed medically necessary, for seven days.
“The prescriber must adequately document in the patient’s medical record the acute medical condition and lack of alternative treatment options that justify deviating from the three-day supply,” Ardon said.