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V.21 No.7 | 2/16/2012

News

Pill bills get no love from the Legislature

By Marisa Demarco [ Thu Feb 16 2012 3:22 PM ]

The session adjourned at noon, and two measures that aimed to curb New Mexico’s high pharmy-abuse rates didn’t make it. Margaret Wright wrote an article for the Alibi about the measures. One aimed to tighten restrictions on opioid prescriptions. Another attempted to create a better tracking system for prescription misuse.

Medical associations bucked the legislation, saying it could discourage physicians from giving pain medications to people who need them.

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Roundhouse 2012

A Real Pill

Prescription rules pit addiction activists against medical groups

By Margaret Wright
Legislation that aimed to curb the state's epidemic rates of opioid abuse and overdose deaths became a hot-button issue during the 30-day legislative session.

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