Hospices have largely been exempt from crackdowns in many states on opioid prescriptionsbecause dying people may need high doses of opioids. But as the opioid epidemic continues, some experts say hospices aren’t doing enough to identify families and staff members who might be stealing pills. And now, amid urgent cries for action over rising overdose deaths, several states have passed laws giving hospice staff the power to destroy leftover pills after patients die.
"Dying at Home in Pain Doesn't Keep Relatives From Stealing the Pills" is from the August 21, 2017 Health & Science section of The Washington Post. It was written by Melissa Bailey and narrated by Sam Scholl.