VT Gov. Peter Shumlin and Health Commissioner Harry Chen, MD have proposed changes to VT Health Department’s rule for prescribing of opioids for pain. When finalized in December 2016, the amended rule will give guidance to prescribers and 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.
The proposed limits come after Gov. Shumlin identified the over prescription of opiates as a primary challenge in tackling the addiction crisis in America. The Governor pointed to the fact that in 2010, enough OxyContin was prescribed to keep every adult in America high for an entire month. By 2012, enough prescriptions were written to give every American adult their own personal bottle of pills.