How Are Telehealth Laws Intersecting With Laws Addressing the Opioid Overdose Epidemic?
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How Are Telehealth Laws Intersecting With Laws Addressing the Opioid Overdose Epidemic?

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    • Alternative Title:
      J Public Health Manag Pract
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      Opioid-involved drug overdose deaths have been a growing concern in the United States for several decades. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention identified several strategies to address the opioid overdose epidemic, including increased availability of and access to medication-assisted treatment and guidance on safer opioid prescribing practices. Telehealth offers the potential for increasing access and availability to these strategies, and laws governing telehealth have implications for their utilization. To understand how state telehealth laws intersect with the opioid overdose epidemic, we conducted a legal mapping study, a type of legal epidemiological assessment, of statutes and regulations that intersect at telehealth and opioids. This search yielded 28 laws from 17 states. These laws intersect both telehealth and the opioid overdose epidemic in different ways including prescribing limitations, opioid treatment through medication and counseling, patient plan review, and professional collaboration. Continued legal and policy surveillance is needed to be able to evaluate the impact of law in addressing opioid overdose outcomes.
    • Source:
      J Public Health Manag Pract. 26(3):227-231
    • Pubmed ID:
      31348152
    • Pubmed Central ID:
      PMC6980872
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