BURLINGTON, Vt. (NEWS10) – The Vermont Health Department announced a proposal to change the department’s rule governing opioids for pain.
The health department when the proposal is finalized in December, prescribers will be given guidance and will set legal limits on the dosage and number of opioid painkillers that may be prescribed. For some minor procedures, the proposal calls for a limit of between nine and 12 pills.
“Vermont, and the rest of America, will not get a handle on the opiate and heroin addiction crisis until we confront head on the source of the problem: F.D.A. approved opiates that are handed out like candy,” Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin said. “Vermont doctors and providers have been on the leading edge of curbing the irrational exuberance with which opiates are handed out. These proposed limits will solidify that progress and help Vermont continue to lead the nation when it comes to combatting this crisis.”
A public hearing will be held on October 21 in at the Health Department, Room 3B, 1:00-2:00 pm in Burlington. Public comment is being taken until Oct. 28 at: AHS.VDHRules@vermont.gov.