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New clampdown on opioid prescribers

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The state of Delaware, 9th in the country in connection with opioid deaths last year, has unveiled new regulations to tackle the issue. The new rules, set to take effect April 1st of this year, have been conceived by the Division of Professional Regulation in response to not only the 240 opioid-related fatalities in the state in 2016, but the general lack of regulations implemented and enforced to this point. The largest reforms are around the amount of opioids that a patient can be prescribed, especially if a new patient or a minor.