BEND, Ore. (AP) -- Oregon officials say a proposed change to the state's Medicaid program aims to reduce the overprescribing of opioids, which has caused an epidemic of overdoses.
The Bulletin reported Wednesday that the proposed change would limit coverage for five broad chronic pain conditions to 90 days of opioid pain relievers.
It would also taper off patients who have been taking opioids long-term from those medications within a year.
In turn, it would introduce alternative treatments previously unavailable to Oregon Health Plan members.
Many chronic pain patients have voiced opposition against the proposal.
They say the proposed alternative treatments don't work for everybody.
They believe the decision to limit opioid medications should be made by their doctors, not a government agency.
- Oregon officials consider limiting opioid prescriptions
- Nurse sentenced for illegal opioid prescriptions
- Forest officials increase personal firewood limit
- Addicts in Oregon bypass controls, get many prescriptions
- Oregon foster kids removed from jail that limited tampon access
- Oregon State aiming to limit Washington State passing attack
- Oregon official: Statehouse leaders allowed hostile environment
- Oregon elections officials targeted by phishing attempts
- Mother sues Portland State University over prescription drug death
- Proposed Oregon rule would limit use of chemical that killed trees