Arizona law intended to limit opioid prescriptions may hurt chronic pain patients

States are desperate to act in response to the national opioid epidemic, but laws limiting opioid prescriptions and doses are negatively impacting chronic pain patients and leaving doctors conflicted about care delivery, NPR reported.

More than two dozen states have implemented laws aimed at curbing the opioid addiction crisis, including Arizona, which recently passed the Arizona Opioid Epidemic Act in a unanimous vote. The new state law has made the reduction of opioids “fast and furious,” NPR reported.

“Since the passage of the law, some doctors in Arizona report feeling pressure to lower patient doses, even for patients who have been on stable regimens of opioids for years without trouble,” according to NPR.

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