Officials nationwide finally appear to be tackling America’s opioid crisis. Last week, President Trump declared the epidemic a public health emergency, which will give states more flexibility in responding.
A bill that would limit initial opioid prescriptions to one week is before the Florida state legislature. Maryland is making it more difficult to prescribe opioids, and Arizona is collecting data on the scope of the problem.
These efforts are commendable. But they’re unlikely to bring an end to the crisis because they fail to address one of the opioid epidemic’s root causes — chronic pain. Fortunately, there are plenty of new ways to treat patients suffering from chronic pain. It’s time to embrace them.