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WAC 246-840-4653

Use of alternative modalities for pain treatment.

The practitioner shall consider multimodal pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic therapy for pain rather than defaulting to the use of opioid therapy alone whenever reasonable as evidence-based, clinically appropriate alternatives exist. A practitioner may combine opioids with other medications and treatments including, but not limited to, acetaminophen, acupuncture, chiropractic, cognitive behavior therapy, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), osteopathic manipulative treatment, physical therapy, massage, or sleep hygiene.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.79.800 and 2017 c 297. WSR 18-20-086, ยง 246-840-4653, filed 10/1/18, effective 11/1/18.]
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