What are we studying
In an effort to address growing concern of overprescribing of opioids, state governments in the US have passed laws limiting the amount of opioids that can be prescribed. In North Carolina, the NC STOP Act set a legal “cap” targeting the days’ supply of first opioid prescriptions for acute and post-surgical pain prescriptions to 5 and 7 days, respectively. We are evaluating if this law has changed prescribing behavior or reduced fatal and non-fatal opioid overdoses. Furthermore, we are examining the systems, strategies, partnerships, and resources at the state, hospital systems, and the prescriber level that facilitated implementation of the law in North Carolina.