Safe Prescribing

■ Would you sign a blank prescription and have another provider fill it in?

■ Would you give a patient a post dated prescription?

■ Would you give a patient a sequential set of prescriptions to be used at a future date?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you should reconsider your prescribing practices. All of these practices could result in prosecution and loss of licensure. All of these options leave the door open to prescription misuse and abuse.

Clinical

Elements of a safe prescription for opioids:

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