WATCH: New data suggests Alberta opioid crisis is worsening
EDMONTON – The Alberta College of Physicians and Surgeons has laid out new rules for prescribing opioids.
Starting April 1, physicians will have to justify their prescribing decisions based on documented patient assessments.
The college is also requiring that doctors check an independent source for a patient’s medical history and only prescribe a minimal dosage in the meantime.
Registrar Dr. Trevor Theman says opioids pose a significant health risk and doctors need to ensure they are prescribing responsibly.
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