Massachusetts Medical Society Issues Statement on Legislature's Proposed Opioid Bill

Contact: Richard Gulla
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Waltham -- March 9 -- The Massachusetts Medical Society today released the following statement from Dennis M. Dimitri, M.D., Medical Society president, in response to the opioid legislation proposed by the Massachusetts legislature.  

“The Massachusetts Medical Society commends the work of the legislature in crafting a bill that offers a number of helpful measures to address a complex problem.  The 7-day limit on prescription drugs is particularly noteworthy, as this provision in the bill should reduce the amount of prescription drugs that can be diverted to abuse or misuse, and at the same time allow a reasonable time for prescriptions for those patients who truly need pain relief. 

This legislation is another step forward in attacking the problem of opioid abuse.  Physicians will continue to work with leaders in state government, public health officials, and health care providers in reducing prescription drug and opioid abuse in the Commonwealth.”   


Dennis M. Dimitri, M.D., President, Massachusetts Medical Society


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