Even so, the findings suggest that Florida’s policies are having the intended effect, said Laxmaiah Manchikanti, MD, a researcher at the University of Louisville and medical director of the Pain Management Center of Paducah in Kentucky. “Both are meant to control abuse and excessive use and illegitimate use of medications,” Dr. Manchikanti, who wasn’t involved in the study, said by email. “Florida’s pill mill law has achieved these goals.”
Andrew Rosenblum, executive director of the National Development and Research Institutes, a non-profit health group based in New York, told Reuters Health by email that in addition to pill mill and prescription monitoring laws, other strategies for cutting opioid overuse include educating patients about risks and encouraging doctors to limit the number of medications prescribed, particularly for short-term pain relief after surgery or dental work.
Rosenblum, who wasn’t involved in the study, added, “In many cases, patients may require careful selection and careful monitoring. This apparently was not happening among so-called pill mills.”