The Pharmaceutical Care Management Association (PCMA) has outlined solutions that would help assure people receive opioid prescriptions only when medically appropriate.

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  • Endorse the CDC’s Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain.
  • Require E-prescribing (e-Rx) for Controlled Substances.
  • Seven-Day Opioid Prescription Limits for Acute Pain.
  • Improve and Integrate State Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs and Require Prescribers to Check Them.
  • Give Medicare Part D Plans More Tools to Fight Pharmacy Opioid Fraud.
  • Achieve Timely and Flexible Implementation of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA).