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Board adopts guidelines for opioid prescriptions
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MADISON (AP) - Wisconsin doctors should prescribe opioids sparingly, tell patients they could become addicted and avoid the drugs as the first option to treat pain, according to new guidelines the state Medical Examining Board recently adopted to combat heroin use. The board, which monitors Wisconsin's doctors, came up with the guidelines after Gov. Scott Walker signed a bill in March giving the panel the authority to develop best prescribing practices.