DCBA Law & Policy Announces New Article on Impact of State and Federal Opioid Policy

DCBA’s Managing Partner, Michael C. Barnes, authored an article published this week in PAINWeek Journal entitled “I’m Not a Doctor, But I Play One in D.C.: Federal Action and Its Impact on Care.” Barnes’s article discusses the unintended consequences of state and federal opioid policy. The article analyzes changing trends in Washington, state capitals, and courthouses across the country as policymakers begin to recognize the harm caused by ill-advised approaches to overdose reduction. Barnes highlighted recent instances in which policymakers have acknowledged the need for professional discretion and individualized care in pain management and addiction treatment.