Michigan Changes Requirements for Treating People Abusing Opioids

On Monday, the state of Michigan got rid of rules it says were getting in the way of treating people abusing opioids.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced it is no longer requiring doctors to get approval from a patient’s health insurer before prescribing medications to treat opioid use disorder.

That includes the drug subutex.

After looking into it, the state says the authorization process created more barriers for access than protections for misuse.

21 other states have made the same move.