Fewer opioid prescriptions, fewer overdose deaths? ‘We can be optimistic,’ NSC’s Hersman says

A recent final rule from the Drug Enforcement Administration has helped reduce the number of prescriptions for opioid painkillers by one-fifth. In a new blog post, Deborah A.P. Hersman, president and CEO of the National Safety Council, writes about this good news, explaining two fundamental changes brought about by the final rule and how they might lead to thousands of lives saved.