Gillibrand introduces bill aimed at helping doctors prescribe opioids

WASHINGTON (NEWS10) – Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand introduced a new bill regarding opioid prescriptions.

The bill would require the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to issue new rules to help doctors safely prescribe opioids for acute pain.

In a statement, the senator said, in part: “As the opioid epidemic continues to grow in New York and across the country, it is critical that the CDC provide guidance to physicians.”

Gillibrand said the CDC is currently only focused on guidelines on opioids prescribed to treat chronic pain. She said over two million Americans suffer from some opioid use disorder.

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