A new health report out of Dartmouth and UCLA Law School has shed some light on opiate laws and how effective they are, or not effective, in this case. A new study released recently from researchers at Dartmouth’s Institute of Health Policy and Clinical Practice and UCLA Law School has shown that states with laws that try to prevent prescription opioid abuse have not been very effective when it comes to country’s disabled population.
According to the report, between 2006 and 2012, many states in the US collectively enacted 81 laws that restricted the prescription and dispensing of prescription opioids by doctors.
However, researchers analyzed the effects of these laws on opioid abuse in regards to the national population of 2.2 million disabled Medicare beneficiaries ages 21 to 64.
The results found that there was no significant relationship or association between the state laws and the prescription of hazardous opioids.
Such laws have in fact been strengthened since 2012 and Dartmouth researchers hope to re-analyze the current statistics.