Starting July 1, 2018 doctors who prescribe opioids in Tennessee face stricter guidelines and checkpoints before beginning acute or long term opioid therapy (COT: Chronic Opioid Therapy) for their patients. Additionally, the new laws will incentivize offenders to complete substance use treatment programs in prison and make dealing fentanyl and other dangerous substances second-degree murder when it causes a death. Recovery high schools, partial dispensing of opioid prescriptions and Buprenorphine prescribing restrictions are also included.
The rumors are out there, maybe even whispers in your waiting room. The news is flooded with tales of the opioid epidemic and more increasingly the drug fentanyl. A quick Urbandictionary.com search tells us that fentanyl has many nicknames including china white: defined by a site user as “a pure/raw or high grade heroin, mixed with the powerful synthetic painkiller, fentanyl. Combined, these two create a very very high grade painkiller.”
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