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What about all the patients already on opioids?

Apr 9, 2018
Denise Young / WXXI News

As more and more efforts are made across the country to curtail opioid addiction, some say a culture of fear has developed in the medical community -- fear for patients' safety, fear of being prosecuted by regulators. One fallout is a growing population of patients no one seems to know exactly what to do with: chronic pain patients who are already dependent on opioids and need to find new doctors to treat them.


While opioid addiction remains a crisis in Erie County and all across America, a new report shows a positive trend in the ongoing fight. The Medicaid Inspector General indicates that an addictive opioid that often leads to heroin and fentanyl use is no longer the top painkiller prescribed by doctors in the county.


WBFO News photos by Eileen Buckley

A potent prescription drug is now considered a "Scheduled 2" controlled substance.  Doctors and pharmacists across New York State are receiving an open letter from the State Attorney General.