- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 4, 2015

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - The New Hampshire Board of Medicine is adopting emergency rules to try to curb the abuse of opioids amid the state’s spiraling substance abuse crisis.

Among the rules adopted by the board Wednesday is one that ensures patients are told about the risks of opioids and consent to their use.

Another emergency rule requires that physicians do a thorough risk assessment before prescribing opioids to patients with chronic pain and review the plan, including through the use of toxicology screenings.

Hassan in September called on the board to adopt stronger rules for prescribing painkillers. On Wednesday she lauded the board’s swift action and working in collaboration with her office and the attorney general’s office.

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