Doctors who determine a chronic pain patient no longer benefits from receiving tramadol or a controlled substance must follow CDC guidelines for tapering or discontinuing the medication.
Daniel Weidle suffered from anxiety and attention deficit disorder as a child and began self-medicating, according to DanielsStory.org. After rehabilitation, he was prescribed anti-anxiety medication but later relapsed and started using heroin.
His father said on the website that Daniel had difficulty obtaining access to Vivitrol, a medication that quashes cravings for heroin and opiates. He died at age 30.
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Hackett and Hottinger introduced the bill Tuesday and plan to hold a press conference on it Wednesday morning.