new opioid prescribing laws for patient safety
New limits on prescribing opioids for acute pain went into effect August 31, 2017.
- No more than seven days of opioids can be prescribed in the initial prescription for adults.
- No more than five days of opioids can be prescribed in the initial prescription for minors. Written consent of the parent or guardian is required in outpatient clinics only.
- The total morphine equivalent dose (MED) of a prescription for acute pain cannot exceed an average of 30 MED per day.
- The new limits do not apply to opioids prescribed for chronic pain, cancer, palliative care, end-of-life/hospice care or medication-assisted treatment for addiction.
- Health care providers may prescribe opioids in excess of the day supply limits only if they provide a specific reason in the patient’s medical record.
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