Patients can notify health professionals they don’t want opioids


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Michigan patients can now fill out a form to notify health professionals they don’t want opioids. The form is part of the state’s plan to address the opioid epidemic.

“This law helps ensure nonopioid options to pain management are considered in the medical treatment of Michigan patients,” said Dr. Debra Pinals of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse says roughly 21 to 29 percent of patients prescribed opioids for chronic pain misuse them.

The form can be filled out by either the patient, a legal guardian or patient advocate. After the form is filled out, it will be included in the patient’s medical records.

An exception in the law is that an opioid may be used if it is medically necessary for treatment.

More than 130 people die after overdosing on opioids every day in the United States according to the CDC.

The number of opioid-related overdose deaths in Michigan has more than tripled since 2011, from 622 to 2,053 per year.

As part of the state-wide government plan to address the opioid issue is an action plan that is focused on prevention, early intervention and treatment.

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