New Jersey’s Patient Opioid Notification Law Sees Great Results in the Fight Against the Opioid Epidemic

Findings Released Today at the National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit, Held Virtually

I am happy to report some good news on the fight against the opioid epidemic.  As we have discussed numerous times, the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey (PDFNJ), has spearheaded and advocated for the passage of the Patient Opioid Notification Law, a New Jersey law that requires medical practitioners to discuss the addictive potential of opioid-based painkillers with their patients and caretakers, and discuss safer non-opioid pain relief alternatives.

The findings on a new study released this week reports prior to the law’s enactment, only 18% of prescribers warned patients about the risk of opioid addiction as compared with 96% after the law’s enactment. These findings show that very few opioid prescribers were warning patients about the risk of addiction before the law required them to do so.

I am excited to see that this law has had profound effect and I want to thank all of the organizations and individuals who helped our efforts to enact this law in New Jersey.  Our state was the first state in the nation pass this law and it is now replicated in 17 other states, and continues to be a new mode of law for the country.

Continued good wishes for good health and stay safe.

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