Combatting Opioid Over-Prescription

Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind. recently joined with U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy to outline a plan to reduce the over-prescription of opioid painkillers. Murthy notes that across the country, people are given painkillers to recover from surgery – but often in quantities and strengths that can lead to unintentional addiction.

The recent HIV outbreak in southern Indiana has been attributed to shared needles, due in part to a widespread epidemic of opioid addiction. That outbreak spurred Donnelly to address the concerns with new legislation that would solidify best practices for Indiana physicians.

Learn more about the partnership here:
http://www.journalgazette.net/news/local/indiana/Top-doc–Opiates-overprescribed-9621685

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