Medical Xpress September 15, 2022
Temple University Center for Public Health Law Research

By the end of 2019, 39 states had enacted limits restricting prescriptions for opioid analgesics, according to new data released today by the Center for Public Health Law Research at Temple University’s Beasley School of Law, with the vast majority of those limits having been enacted since 2016.

The policy surveillance, released on the Center’s Prescription Drug Abuse Policy System legal data site (, captures the great variation in statutes and regulations setting limits on opioid analgesic prescriptions across all 50 and the District of Columbia in effect between January 1, 2014, and December 31, 2019.

Opioid prescribing limits generally restrict the duration of by the number of days supplied. Some states additionally limit the daily dosage...

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