As part of North Carolina’s battle against opioid misuse, limits on how doctors prescribe painkillers took effect January 1, 2018. Beginning January 1, doctors and other prescribers can prescribe up to five days’ worth of opioids for acute pain, such as after a car crash or a muscle injury or broken bone, and up to seven days for post-operative pain. After that, physicians can refill the prescription at their discretion.

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*PRINTABLE* Notice to Patients on the New Limits from the NC Medical Board