DHHS Holds Hearings on New Guidelines for Prescribed Opioids 

From WMTW:

Some Mainers are pushing back against new limits the LePage administration set for prescription opioids.

The Department of Health and Human Services is holding public hearings about the new guidelines.

They *do* include exceptions for cancer treatment and palliative care.

Jeff Bacon of Hampden suffers from severe back pain.

His wife says the new limits would leave him taking about one-fifth of what he currently takes to relieve his pain.

It’s scary. We have no idea what’s going to happen. Already, he’s not even halfway down his tapering, and he sold a business after 29 years ’cause he couldn’t work that many hours any more. He barely sleeps any more. I mean, everything becomes increasingly difficult, and nobody’s offered us a solution.”

DHHS says the change will help fight Maine’s opioid epidemic.

75 percent of heroin addictions start with an opioid prescription.