WV to follow CDC guidelines for prescribing opioids

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin of West Virginia said Tuesday that doctors who prescribe opioids to Medicaid patients and public employees with state health insurance will be required to follow prescribing guidelines developed by CDC.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin of West Virginia said Tuesday that doctors who prescribe opioids to Medicaid patients and public employees with state health insurance will be required to follow prescribing guidelines developed by CDC. The guidelines state that opioids should not be the first choice for treating chronic pain and also suggest that doctors prescribe patients the lowest dosage possible, if they are part of a treatment plan. Tomblin hopes the guidelines, which will be implemented in January, help to stem the spread of prescription opioids. "With more than 600 opiate-related overdose deaths in West Virginia last year, we must continue making every positive change we can to break the cycle of addiction," he stated. The state Department of Health and Human Resources expects to begin educating doctors and other medical professionals about the CDC guidelines later this month.