Damaging State Legislation Regarding Opioids: The Need To Scrutinize Sources Of Inaccurate Information Provided To Lawmakers
Michael E Schatman,1–3 Hannah Shapiro4
1Boston PainCare, Waltham, MA, USA; 2Department of Diagnostic Sciences, Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, Boston, MA, USA; 3Department of Public Health and Community Medicine, Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, MA, USA; 4Department of Biopsychology, Tufts University, Medford, MA, USA
Correspondence: Michael E Schatman
Boston PainCare, 85 First Avenue, Waltham, MA 02451, USA
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On January 22, 2019, a Massachusetts State Representative introduced House Bill 3656, “An Act requiring practitioners to be held responsible for patient opioid addiction”.1 Section 50 of this proposed legislation reads, “A practitioner, who issues a prescription for a controlled substance placed in Schedule II, which contains an opiate, shall be liable to the patient for whom the written prescription was written, for the payment of the first 90 days of in-patient hospitalization costs if the patient becomes addicted and is subsequently hospitalized”.
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