States are cracking down on physicians and pharmacies in an attempt to curb a nationwide epidemic of opioid abuse. While some measures are improving the situation in hard-hit areas such as Florida, opponents say that the new laws are also keeping needed medications out of the hands of patients. How are states responding to this dual-issue, and do the ends of diminishing drug overdoses justify the means of restricting drug access to those who need them?
Host Jennifer Caudle, DO welcomes guests Nick Schilligo and Mark Bailey, DO, PhD to Everyday Family Medicine to discuss the pros and cons of updated opioid prescription regulations nationwide. Mr. Schilligo is Associate Vice President of State Government Affairs for the American Osteopathic Association, while Dr. Mark Bailey is Professor of Neurology and Pain Medicine specialist at the University of Alabama in Birmingham. This program was recorded on site at the American Osteopathic Association's annual medical education conference, OMED2015 in Orlando, FL,