Medicine student Jacob James Rich discussed state laws regarding opioid prescriptions

Critic: Limiting opioid prescriptions would worsen overdose crisis

The Center Square: Jacob James Rich, a second-year PhD student in the School of Medicine’s Department of Quantitative and Population Health Sciences, discussed the consequences of state laws that tried to rein in opioid prescriptions. “What started to happen is that, when people who were flagged as potential recreational users or potentially dependent on opioids, they were cut off from their prescriptions—there would be a substitution to the black market,” Rich said.