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States and Status of Legislation Protecting CPP's and Providers:


List of All State Laws About Opioid Prescribing:

Many states have prescribing laws.  Read An Examination of State and Federal Opioid Analgesics and Continuing Education policies which was printed in 2020. We've also included the pdf version of the article. The purpose of the article is "To evaluate the impact of its Opioid Analgesic Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) program, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requested the opioid manufacturers responsible for implementing that program provide information regarding opioid policy changes from 2016 to 2018. FDA also requested a survey of state requirements for pain and opioid prescribing continuing education (CE), the number of prescribers affected by those requirements, the extent to which a REMS-compliant CE program would meet each state‚Äôs requirements, and the number of relevant CE programs available."  

We've included two charts that list prescribing laws state by state

  1. This includes state laws and Continuing Education laws
  2. Laws limiting the prescribing and dispensing of opioids done by the Network For Public Health Law

See our Advocacy Tools to see tips on how to start the process of getting legislation in your state.

CPP advocate from NH, Bill Murphy, walks you through the process of getting legislation in your state:

SB23-144 bill passed and is waiting for the Governor to sign into law.

Bill Summary - SB23-144

"The bill allows a health-care provider to prescribe, dispense, or administer a schedule II, III, IV, or V controlled substance (drug) to a patient in the course of treatment for a diagnosed condition that causes chronic pain. The bill also clarifies that the prescribing health-care provider is not subject to disciplinary action by the appropriate regulator for prescribing a dosage of a drug that is equal to or more than a morphine milligram equivalent dosage recommendation or threshold specified in state or federal opioid prescribing guidelines or policies.

The bill prohibits a health-care provider from refusing to accept or continue to treat a patient solely on the basis of the dosage of a drug the patient requires for the treatment of chronic pain. A health-care provider is also prohibited from tapering a needed dosage solely to meet a predetermined dosage recommendation.

The bill also prohibits a pharmacist, health insurance carrier, or pharmacy benefit manager from refusing to fill or approve the coverage for a drug solely on the basis of the dosage requirement of a patient."

Illinois - HB 2046

Status - In Committee

Summary- Amends the Illinois Controlled Substances Act. Provides that all decisions regarding the treatment of patients experiencing pain, including chronic pain, shall be made by the prescriber. Provides that ordering, prescribing, dispensing, administering, or paying for controlled substances, including opioids, shall not in any way be predetermined by specific morphine milligram equivalent guidelines. Provides that, before the Department of Human Services releases confidential information from the central repository, the applicant, in addition to other requirements of the Act, must demonstrate in writing to the Department that the applicant has a valid court order or subpoena for the release of the confidential information requested.

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