This editorial will appear in tomorrow’s print edition.
When prescribing opiates, the stakes are as high as they come. These powerful drugs can enable pain-ridden patients to work and live normal lives. They can also kill people.
Washington’s health authorities have struggled to come up with rules that would maximize the benefits while minimizing the risks of methadone, oxycodone, Oxycontin, Percocet and similar drugs.
This year has brought a belated new tracking system and an about-face on methadone that both promise to save lives. But it’s also brought a brace of new restrictions that’s been making it harder for some …