The National Office of Drug Control Policy has announced that it will offer online training to healthcare providers, medical students and interns, and medical schools about the guidelines providers should follow in deciding whether to prescribe or refill Schedule II painkillers. This is good news.
To be effective and useful for providers, the guidelines must have a real-world orientation, not some high-minded but utterly unrealistic set of goals providers should strive to achieve. I strongly urge providers to incorporate study of these guidelines into their practices immediately, as a proactive means of complying with federal and state criminal laws governing the prescription of Schedule II painkillers. This is because, as the Painkillerlaw Blog has talked about before, there are both written and unwritten guidelines and criteria that the federal and state government law enforcement agencies investigating overdoses and healthcare providers follow. The more the government has put in writing about what you as a provider should do or pay attention to in this area of your practice, the better prepared you will be not only to care for your patients, but to defend against government scrutiny in the event you find yourself the subject of an official probe, say if a patient of yours overdoses on painkillers you prescribed. The more you can show a government investigator you are aware of the guidelines, and you follow them every day, the better the chances that you will not be unfairly blamed for a tragedy which might befall a patient but for which you should not bear legal or professional responsibility.
PAINKILLER LAW: CRIMINAL LAW COMPLIANCE FOR HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS is a service of the Meister Law Offices, and can help you verify, achieve and maintain compliance with the written, unwritten, clear, unclear, mandatory and discretionary enforcement guidelines and criteria in place nationwide and governing prescription of Schedule II painkillers. Call us today for a free consultation at 213.293.3737, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.