I-Team Investigation: Opioid crisis could lead to more discipline for NV doctors

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Nevada doctors could face far more serious discipline if they step over the line in writing prescription medicine. The Board of Medical Examiners meets Wednesday to consider tougher sanctions against physicians, in part because of the national debate about Opioids.

Nevada’s various medical, dental, and pharmacy boards already have the power to discipline professionals who issue fraudulent or inappropriate prescriptions, not only for pain medications but non-Opioid medicine as well.

The proposed changes would mean doctors could not only be fined or face additional education, but also could see their medical licenses suspended or revoked in a much-accelerated schedule. Some doctors who have seen the proposal think it could have drastic effects on the practice of medicine here and could cause physicians to retire or leave the state and to stop all prescriptions involving Opioid medications.

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