What regulations do physicians need to know and observe when prescribing opioid analgesics for pain?

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What regulations do physicians need to know and observe when prescribing opioid analgesics for pain?

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SECTION I INTRODUCTION The purpose of this document is to provide information to health care professionals and professionals in the law enforcement and regulatory communities about the medical treatment of pain. The goal is to achieve a better balance in addressing the treatment of pain while preventing abuse and diversion of pain medications. The authors of this document stand committed to the core principle of balance that was expressed in the 2001 joint consensus statement by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and numerous health care organizations: Both healthcare professionals, and law enforcement and regulatory personnel, share a responsibility for ensuring that prescription pain medications are available to the patients who need them and for preventing these drugs from becoming a source of harm or abuse. We all must ensure that accurate information about both the legitimate use and the abuse of prescription pain medications is made available. The roles of both health profe

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