State should let nurse practitioners prescribe lifesaving drug for opioid users

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We are board-certified family nurse practitioners who care for patients struggling with opioid use disorder. One of us is a pain specialist in Nashville, and one of us works in a federally qualified health care center serving patients in Portland, Oregon. Both of us treat patients with chronic pain and associated co-morbid conditions. Opioid use disorder may also be identified during this treatment, as Oregon and Tennessee report a high incidence of opioid misuse. However, one of us is prohibited from using all treatments to combat the opioid epidemic…more