Doctors prescribe dramatically different remedies for ‘No. 1 public health crisis’

JACKSON – As the opioid epidemic propels overdose deaths in Mississippi to a record high this year, doctors in the state agree that they need to be the first line of defense against prescription drug abuse.

But what that line of defense will look like has become the topic of a very contentious debate between the state Board of Medical Licensure, which governs all doctors, and several prominent physician associations.

In October, the Board of Medical Licensure released its new recommendations for prescribing opioids, one of the first regulatory moves by a state agency to combat Mississippi’s nascent epidemic. If implemented, these recommendations would govern how doctors prescribe these substances, potentially costing physicians their licenses if not followed. Read more.