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2022 Mar 10

Subst Abuse Treat Prev Policy



“The DEA would come in and destroy you”: a qualitative study of fear and unintended consequences among opioid prescribers in WV.


Sedney CL, Haggerty T, Dekeseredy P, Nwafor D, Caretta M A, Brownstein HH, Pollini RA
Subst Abuse Treat Prev Policy. 2022 Mar 10; 17(1):19.
PMID: 35272687.


West Virginia has one of the highest rates of opioid overdose related deaths and is known as the epicenter of the opioid crisis in the United States. In an effort to reduce opioid-related harms, SB 273 was signed in 2018, and aimed to restrict opioid prescribing in West Virginia. SB 273 was enacted during a time when physician arrests and convictions had been increasing for years and were becoming more prevalent and more publicized. This study aims to better understand the impact of the legislation on patients and providers.