Alcohol, Tobacco, & Drugs, Substance Use Prevention
Detroit Free Press New Michigan law makes it easier for patients to refuse opioids
Michigan has enacted a new law that allows people to refuse opioid medications by placing a non-opioid advance directive in their medical file.
The goal of the new law — which was signed by former Gov. Rick Snyder late last year and went into effect Thursday — is to prevent more people from becoming addicted to opioid pain medication, which is most often a gateway to heroin, and to prevent recovering addicts from being exposed to opioidsand relapsing.