New York - Some Criticize NYC's New Policy On Painkillers
New York - Some critics say New York City’s new policy restricting the amount of painkillers patients can get at public hospital emergency rooms will hurt the poor and uninsured.
The Bloomberg administration announced Thursday it would limit to three days the amount of narcotic painkillers patients can get.
It’s meant to reduce drug street sales and patients’ dependency on the drugs.
But critics told The New York Times (http://nyti.ms/TNNukT ) the poor sometimes use emergency rooms for their primary care.
Dr. Alex Rosenau of the American College of Emergency Physicians said doctors should be allowed to rely on their own judgment.
The three-day limit applies to painkillers like Vicodin. Long-acting painkillers like Oxycontin won’t be dispensed at all.
The policy doesn’t apply to patients needing palliative care.
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