Many chronic pain patients say they have been unfairly targeted in response to the opioid crisis, as doctors cut their dosages to near nothing, causing significant disruption in their treatment. While the 10-day limit will not apply to chronic pain patients, some have said it will have negative effects on those in acute pain, who might just be figuring out their medical diagnosis.
“We need to be protecting patients through all stages of illness. Not everything heals in seven days. Not everything heals at all,” patient Kristin McGarity told lawmakers earlier this year. “The way to do it is with documentation requirements and reevaluation at regular intervals, not necessarily number of days or number of pills per dosage.”