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Delaware Lawmakers Could Require Doctors to Discuss Opioid Addiction Risks With Patients

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DOVER, Del. --- Delaware lawmakers are drafting legislation to require doctors to discuss addiction risks with patients when prescribing opioids.

Rep. Mike Ramone (R-Pike Creek Valley) said he plants to have the legislation filed early in the upcoming legislative session.

Opioids are frequently prescribed to patients for pain following procedures or surgeries, though some patients are prescribed opioid medication for longer periods of time for chronic pain related to cancer or other conditions.

Ramone said patients prescribed opioids to deal with pain following a procedure or injury that is not considered chronic in nature need to be aware of the risk of addiction presented by long-term use or any misuse of the medication.

"This helps set the board up for everyone to be more knowledgeable and responsible," he said.

Delaware lawmakers return to session in January.

 
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