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  • Missouri enacts opioid prescribing limits

    • Optum
    | Aug 09, 2018
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    Workers' Compensation, Pain Management, Opioids, Government Affairs
    The Missouri Legislature, in the waning hours of its session, passed legislation containing numerous changes to existing laws governing medical and pharmacy practices. One tucked away segment of the bill imposes prescribing restrictions for initial prescriptions of opioids to treat acute pain.

  • U.S. Department of Justice announces new opioid diversion rule

    • Optum Workers' Comp
    | Jul 20, 2018
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    DEA, Workers' Compensation, Opioids, Government Affairs, Addiction
    In a step to combat the opioid epidemic, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) recently announced final adoption and publication of a new rule related to drug diversion and opioid production limits.

  • New York Department of Health recommends marijuana legalization

    | Jul 19, 2018
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    Workers' Compensation, Medical Marijuana, Government Affairs
    Recently the New York Department of Health (DOH) released the recommendation, contained within a multi-page study, that the legalization of marijuana be pursued.

  • Pennsylvania governor issues opioid prescribing guidelines for workers’ compensation providers

    | Jul 18, 2018
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    Workers' Compensation, Opioids, Government Affairs

  • Medical marijuana approved in Oklahoma

    | Jul 05, 2018
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    Medical Marijuana, Government Affairs
    Through a ballot initiative, Oklahoma voters approved the regulated use, sale and growth of medical marijuana by a vote of roughly 57% to 43%, according to unofficial results posted by the state. This adds Oklahoma to a continually growing list of states legalizing marijuana for medical use, despite conflicting federal law.

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