Tennessee’s Repeal of the Intractable Pain Act May Help Curb Addiction Rates

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Drug Rehab Nashville comments on Times News’ recent article.

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Our over dependence of opiate pain medications have undoubtedly contributed to the proliferation of opiate addictions, including the heroin epidemic.

The Intractable Pain Act was initially enacted to protect the longevity of patients dealing with chronic pain. However, this act may have been the precipitating factor in many becoming addicted to prescription medications- in addition to serving as the scapegoat many pill mills may have used to dodge prosecution and reprimand, according to Times News on July 1st. The Intractable Pain Act , ratified in 2001, made it illegal for doctors not to prescribe pain medications to those who requested them. As the opiate epidemic continues to soar across the country, state officials are rethinking the 14 year old policy and are granting medical professionals the ability to discern whether or not prescribing pain medications are the best options for patients. The law may not compel doctors who make a living based off of how much prescription medications they’re prescribing to accurately diagnose and treat patients.

Drug Rehab Nashville is a drug and alcohol rehab center dedicated to helping those with drug and alcohol use disorders recover and avoid relapse. The treatment facility asserts doctors require continuing training on pain management to utilize the full spectrum of options, which may supercede opiate pain medications, to help patients avoid developing harmful physical and mental dependencies.

An associate from Drug Rehab Nashville comments on the repeal of the act,

“The repeal of the intractable pain act has been long overdue, although it started out with the intent to help patients. It’s critical our medical professionals receive continual training in new methods of pain management which arise from continued studies and research. Our over dependence of opiate pain medications have undoubtedly contributed to the proliferation of opiate addictions, including the heroin epidemic.

“To ensure it does not continue, we need to educate our medical professionals into alternative means of helping patients manage chronic pain, as to not contribute more new addicts to compound the heroin epidemic further.”

Drug Rehab Nashville specializes in heroin rehab in Nashville and offers extensive drug rehab in Nashville. The drug and alcohol treatment facility helps patients recover in safety and provides 24 hour medical monitoring and treatment. In addition to medical monitoring the state of the art facility offers extensive drug treatment and individual therapy.

Unlike many drug and alcohol addiction treatment centers Drug rehab Nashville encourages patients to participate in group therapy as early as drug and alcohol detoxification to build a strong foundation for continuing treatment. The center accepts most major forms of insurance and can provide tuition assistance in some cases.

For more information about Drug Rehab Nashville visit http://drugrehabnashville.org/ or call (615)348-5866.

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