BMP, Nursing and Pharmacy Boards Update Pain Management Statement

[MMA News Now, Jan. 14, 2016] In late December, the Minnesota Boards of Medical Practice (BMP), Nursing, and Pharmacy updated their Joint Statement on Pain Management, which they first created in 2004 and reaffirmed in 2009. 

Last year, the boards again reviewed the issue of pain management to offer added guidance regarding appropriate prescribing with emphasis on the critical balance between pain management and the potential misuse of controlled substance medications.

Each year, a high number of BMP corrective or disciplinary actions address the inappropriate prescribing of opioids.

In the U.S., 46 people die from a prescription opioid overdose each day. In 2007, the cost of prescription opioid abuse was estimated at $55.7 billion. In 2013, the leading cause of death due to injury was drug overdose with 51.8 percent being related to prescription drugs.

The MMA has made the issue of prescription opioid addiction, abuse and diversion in Minnesota a top priority for the past several years.