A recent editorial in the Jackson Sun points out that a new law in the state of Tennessee will be limiting certain prescriptions to be valid for only 30 days. The article cites that it is supposed to give the Prescription Safety Act of 2012 some extra help in limiting the abuse of drugs like painkillers.
The new law, which went into effect on October 1st, targets drugs such as oxycodone and hydrocodone, but also benzodiazepines like Xanax and Valium.
Not everyone is happy to see the new legislation enacted. The limit places additional difficulty on people who legitimately use certain prescriptions by forcing them to make more trips to the doctor and pharmacy, which also increase out-of-pocket expenses.
While some may be upset, the potential savings in statewide costs in terms of lives, healthcare and criminal justice expenses should outweigh the negatives since these regulations interact with the state’s prescription drug monitoring system.
Like most other states in the nation, Tennessee experienced a surge in prescription drug abuse, resulting in higher treatment admission rates as well as lives lost through overdoses. Despite legislative actions being reactionary, at least officials are trying to preserve live.
If you have a loved one struggling with prescription drug abuse, whether in Tennessee or any other part of the country, contact Family First today for information on effective intervention and treatment options.