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DEA Crackdown Hurts Nursing Home Residents Who Need Pain Drugs

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DEA Crackdown Hurts Nursing Home Residents Who Need Pain Drugs

Heightened efforts by the Drug Enforcement Administration to crack down on narcotics abuse are producing a troubling side effect by denying some hospice and elderly patients needed pain medication, according to two Senate Democrats and a coalition of pharmacists and geriatric experts.

Tougher enforcement of the Controlled Substances Act, which tightly restricts the distribution of pain medicines such as morphine and Percocet, is causing pharmacies to balk and is leading to delays in...

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