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New State Laws Tackling Opioid Prescribing Take Effect in 2018

January 5, 2018
Michigan and North Carolina legislation places new prescribing and filling stipulations on physicians and pharmacies.

A PPM Brief 

Taking effect this March in Michigan is a new opioid law requiring doctors to check a prescription database before prescribing Schedule 2-5 medications to patients. The new state legislation limits the amount of opioids that can be prescribed, including time stipulations for pharmacy filling and refilling, and calls for a "bona fide prescriber-patient relationship," including follow-up care. The rule further requires patient education regarding substance abuse services for those being treated for an overdose.

Looking ahead, the state will be developing a model program of instruction of prescription drug abuse with an eye toward the opioid epidemic.

In related news, a North Carolina law passed in the summer of 2017, with the aim of tracking opioid distribution and preventing addiction, is also taking effect this new year. The STOP Act (Strengthen Opioid Misuse Prevention) requires physicians and pharmacies to take extra precautions before prescribing any controlled substance for chronic pain. Acute and postoperative prescriptions for pain management are limited as well.

Last updated on: January 5, 2018
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