White House opioid commission calls for wide-ranging changes to anti-drug policiesLast Updated: Monday, November 6, 2017
(The Washington Post, November 1) The president’s opioid commission, led by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, recently recommended more than 50 changes to the nation’s drug policies.
Among the list: expansion of nationwide drug courts; a requirement for those who prescribe opioids to prove they’ve received proper safety training before they can renew their licenses to handle controlled substances; and a requirement that providers check prescription-drug-monitoring databases before prescribing drugs to patients (in an effort to prevent “doctor shopping”). Read more.