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WAC 246-919-960

Special populationsChildren or adolescent patients, pregnant patients, and aging populations.

(1) Children or adolescent patients. In the treatment of pain for children or adolescent patients, the physician shall treat pain in a manner equal to that of an adult but must account for the weight of the patient and adjust the dosage prescribed accordingly.
(2) Pregnant patients. The physician shall not initiate opioid detoxification without consultation with a provider with expertise in addiction medicine. Medication assisted treatment for opioids, such as methadone or buprenorphine, must not be discontinued during pregnancy without consultation with a MAT prescribing practitioner.
(3) Aging populations. As people age, their sensitivities to and metabolizing of opioids may change. The physician shall consider the distinctive needs of patients who are sixty-five years of age or older and who have been on chronic opioid therapy or who are initiating opioid treatment.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.71.017, 18.71.800, 18.71A.800 and 2017 c 297. WSR 18-23-061, § 246-919-960, filed 11/16/18, effective 1/1/19.]
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