Opioid Addiction Medication Gets A Boost From The Obama Administration
The change to the law is expected to help 17,000 new patients get treatment for opioid addictions.By Ryan Biek | July 6, 2016
The Obama administration has raised the cap on prescription treatments for opioid addictions, as lawmakers debate the best way to combat one of the leading causes of accidental death in the U.S.
Under current rules, doctors can only prescribe buprenorphine, an effective anti-opioid addiction medication, to 30 patients. If they get special approval, they can prescribe it to up to 100 patients.
There have been limits on buprenorphine because it's sold on the black market due to the fact that it blocks withdrawal symptoms for drugs like heroin.