Show 316 Proposed Virtual Prescription Changes

A few years ago in an episode I said:

Anxiety is so much more than the typical stress reaction. 
For some of us, we gag, we choke, we have heart pains, we have chest pains, we have diarrhea, we have gastric distress, we have excessive sweating.
We can't leave our homes. These are not the kind of things you're going to be thinking your way through if your symptoms are that extreme.


 And there was a point where my symptoms got that extreme.  I decided to take medication.

I am now on team make informed decisions about taking medication. And once you have made that decision there can be other obstacles. 

Like getting the prescription filled. There is a proposal from the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) about applying changes to how prescriptions can be filled via telemedicine. 

This is just a brief overview of how they and other interested parties want to handle this process.

If you need support contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 988 or 1-800-273-8255, the Trevor Project at 1-866-488-7386 or text “START” to 741-741.

Resources Mentioned: 

From the Stanford Medicine Scope Blog,  Cyclic sighing can help breathe away anxiety.

Associated Press news story about restrictions on opiate medication treatment via telehealth providers.

February 24, 2023 U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency press release about proposed rules for issuing medication via telehealth providers. 

Proposed Telemedicine Rules Summary from the DEA

From Very Well Mind, a long post on what are benzodiazepines and the DEA schedule list.

Consumer Version of Merck Manual Drugs Used to Treat Anxiety Disorders


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