The first-of-its-kind initiative in West Virginia, aimed at eradicating prescription drug abuse by better equipping the state’s prescribers and pharmacists, has garnered broad support from stakeholders across the state and nation.
Finalization of the best practices initiative continues the Attorney General’s push to reduce prescription of opioid medication as a first-line therapy option. These drugs, such as Lortab and Vicodin, have characteristics similar to heroin.
The Attorney General’s plan provides recommendations to prescribers and pharmacists who prescribe or dispense opioid prescriptions across West Virginia. It is designed to reduce misuse, while preserving legitimate patient access to necessary treatment.