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Published by Racine County Eye

New state guidelines went into effect this month around how doctors can prescribe pain medications are now in place to combat abuse and heroin addiction.

The changes come on the heels of Gov. Scott Walker issueing a public health advisory in the fall to combat what has been deemed as an “escalating opioid epidemic,” has hit Racine County hard.

The new guidelines, set in place by the Wisconsin Medical Examining Board, challenges medical practitioners to make more informed decisions about acute and chronic pain treatment. However, the guidelines don’t apply to people in active cancer treatment, palliative care, or end-of-life care.  Opioids are a class of drug doctors use to sometimes manage pain. The drug class also includes the illegal drug, heroin.

Developed with the Center for Disease Control, the state guidelines outline several best practices for responsible prescribing.

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