Opioid Prescribing Guidelines: A State-by-State Overview

Feb 20, 2018 10:11:37 AM by Jody Lutz

As the opioid epidemic continues to dominate our national attention, states are enacting rules on opioids, on benzodiazepines, and other controlled substances. 

 Opioid Prescribing Guidelines A State-By-State Overview


Opioid prescribing guidelines and recommendations, as well as provider resources, vary by state. We've  pulled together a “provider resource bulletin board” by state. 

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NATIONAL RESOURCES

CDC Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain: At a Glance

CDC Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain — United States, 2016

The Comprehensive Addiciton and Recovery Act (CARA)

National Council of State Boards of Nursing: : Opioid Tool Kit

VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guideline For Opioid Therapy for Chronic Pain

American Bar Association Prudent Prescribing: An Overview of Recent Federal and State Guidelines for Opioid Prescriptions

 

ALABAMA

Medical Examiners Rules & Regulations: Controlled Substances for the Treatment of Pain

A Health Care Professional's Toolbox to Reverse the Opioid Epidemic

Officials Announce Plan Opioid Crisis

Opioids in Alabama

 

ALASKA

Alaska State Opioid Prescribing Policy Guide

Alaska Opioid Task Force

ASHNHA Opioid Crisis: State & Nationwide

 

ARIZONA

Arizona Clinical Opioid Guidelines & References

Arizona Medical Association Opioid Prescribing Safety

Arizona News Regarding Opioid Bill

 

ARKANSAS

Arkansas Senate Bill 717

ASMB Proposes New Rules

Arkansas Medical Society: Professional Resources, Prescription Drug Abuse

Arkansas Emergency Department Opioid Prescribing Guidelines

 

CALIFORNIA

California Medical Board Prescribing Guidelines in Pain

California DPH Guidance Letter

California DPH Introduction to Prescribing Guidelines Comparison

California DPH Resource for Opioid Prescribers

 

COLORADO

Colorado Policy for Prescribing and Dispensing Opioids

Opioid Prescribing Call To Action

Pain Management Resources and Opioid Use

  

CONNECTICUT

Connecticut Opioid Abuse Laws

Connecticut State Medical Society Opioid Resources

Backgrounder: Medicaid & Opioids

 

DELAWARE

Delaware Prescribing Rules

MSD: Opioid Abuse and Prescribing

Opioid Addiction Resources

 

FLORIDA

Florida State Opioid Prescribing Guidelines

Florida Counterfeit Proof Prescription Pad Vendors FAQ

Florida's Opioid Crisis

 

GEORGIA

Georgia Pain Management Rules

Medical Association of Georgia Six Point Platform

Georgia's Opioid Epidemic and Ways to Get Help

  

HAWAII

Hawaii Board of Medical Examiners Pain Management Guidelines

Hawaii Emergency Department Opioid Prescribing Guidelines

The-Hawaii-Opioid-Initiative, A Statewide Response

 

IDAHO

Idaho Board of Medicine Use of Opioid Analgesics in Treatment of Chronic Pain

Idaho Board of Medicine Opioid & Controlled Substance Prescribing Resources

Idaho's Response to the Opioid Crisis: Impact on Physicians and Other Prescribers

  

ILLINOIS

Illinois Controlled Substance Act

Illinois State Medical Society Opioid Resources

Illinois Opioid Action Plan

  

INDIANA

Indiana State Medical Association Opioid Prescribing Controlled Substances

Indiana Overdose Prevention Resources

Indiana General Assembly Senate Bill 226: Prescribing and Dispensing of Opioids

  

IOWA

Iowa Medical Board Regulations Pain Management

Iowa Medical Society Opioid Resources

Iowa Pharmacy Board E-prescribing Controlled Substances

  

KANSAS

Kansas Joint Policy Statement: Use of Controlled Substances for the Treatment of Pain

Kansas HB 2217: Standards Governing The Use and Administration of Emergency Opioid Antagonists

 

KENTUCKY

Kentucky Professional Standards for Prescribing and Dispensing Controlled Substances

Kentucky Prescribing Substance Abuse Screening & Treatment Resources

2018 Kentucky Legislative Initiatives

 

LOUISIANA

Louisiana Opioid Prescription Policy Update

Louisiana Short Acting Opioid Prescription Policy Update

Louisiana Department of Health: Opioid Fact Sheet

 

MAINE

Maine Opioid Prescription Requirements

Maine Medical Association Opioid Law Q&A

What you Need to Know About Maine's New Opioid Prescribing Law

 

MARYLAND

Maryland Opioid Prescribing Guidance & Policy

Maryland Board of Physicians Opioid Prescribing Guidance

Overdose Prevention in Maryland

Maryland Medicaid Opioid Prescribing Guidance & Policy

 

MASSACHUSETTS

Massachusetts Law About Prescription Medication

Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Industrial Accidents Workers Compensation Opioid & Controlled Substance Protocol

The Massachusetts Opioid Epidemic

Massachusetts Medical Society Opioid Therapy & Physician Communication Guidelines

 

MICHIGAN

Michigan Opioid Laws & FAQs

Michigan Department of Health & Human Services - Opioid Treatment Resources

State of Michigan SB 274

Michigan State Medical Society - Reversing the Opioid Epidemic

 

MINNESOTA

Minnesota Medical Association Prescription Opioid Task Force

Minnesota Opioid Prescribing Rules

Minnesota Opioid Prescribing Improvement Program

Minnesota State Targeted Response to the Opioid Crisis

 

MISSISSIPPI

Mississippi Medical Board Regulations

Mississippi Opioid Prescribing Rules

Summary of Proposed Regulation Changes to 2640

How Does Mississippi's Response To Excessive Opioid Prescribing Compare To Other States

  

MISSOURI

Missouri Guidelines for the Use of Controlled Substances for the Treatment of Pain

Controlled Substance Guidelines for EMS

Missouri Controlled Substance Guidelines for Practioners

  

MONTANA

Montana Guidelines for the Use of Controlled Substances for the Treatment of Pain

Reducing Prescription Misuse, Abuse and Diversion in Montana

Montana Prescribing and Dispensing Profile

  

NEBRASKA

Nebraska Pain Management Guidance Document

Nebraska Opioid Prescribing Resource

Nebraska Drug Overdose Prevention Homepage

 

NEVADA

Nevada Assembly Bill 474

Nevada Resources for Prescribing Controlled Substances

Nevada Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention 

 

NEW HAMPSHIRE

New Hampshire Opioid Prescribing

New Hampshire Medical Society Opioid Prescribing Resources

New Hampshire Prescribing Opioids for Pain Management

  

NEW JERSEY

New Jersey Prescribing for Pain Opioid Law

Controlled Dangerous Substances and Special Consideration for Managing Acute and Chronic Pain

New Jersey Opioid Abuse Prevention

  

NEW MEXICO

New Mexico Guidelines on Prescribing Opioids for Treatment of Pain

Review of CDC Guidelines

Prescription Drug Misuse and Overdose Prevention and Pain Management Advisory Council

 

NEW YORK

New York Prescribing and Dispensing Controlled Substances

New York State Laws Governing Opioids and Controlled

NY: Limited Initial Opioid Prescribing

 

NORTH CAROLINA

North Carolina Strengthen Opioid Misuse Prevention Act

North Carolina Medical Board Professional Resources Responsible Opioid Prescribing

North Carolina Policy for the use of Opioids For the Treatment of Pain

The STOP Act Summary

 

NORTH DAKOTA

North Dakota Medical Board Opioid Abuse Prevention a Review of Best Practice Approaches

North Dakota Prescribing and Dispensing Profile

Preventing Prescription Drug Opioid Abuse

Addressing Opioid Drug Abuse in North Dakota

 

OHIO

Ohio Mental Health and Addiction Services Opioid Prescribing Guidelines

State Board of Ohio Opioid Prescribing Resources

Ohio State Board of Pharmacy New Requirements for Opioid Prescriptions

 

OKLAHOMA

Oklahoma Opioid Prescribing Guidelines

Oklahoma Medical Board Use of Controlled Substances for Pain

Oklahoma Prescribing and Dispensing Guidelines

 

OREGON

Oregon Opioid Prescribing Guidelines

Oregon Medical Association Practice Help Center Opioid Epidemic

OHSU Guideline for Safe Chronic Opioid Therapy for Patients with Chronic Non-Cancer Pain

Oregon Pain Guidance Provider and Community Resource: Opioid Prescribing Guidelines

 

PENNSYLVANIA

Pennsylvania Department of Health Opioid Prescribing Guidelines

Pennsylvania Medical Society Tools You Can Use Opioids

Pennsylvania's New Opioid Laws And How They Impact Physicians

 

RHODE ISLAND

Rules and Regulations for Pain Management, Opioid Use and the Registration of Distributors of Controlled Substances in Rhode Island

State of Rhode Island Department of Health Safe Opioid Prescribing

State of Rhode Island Department of Health Existing Opioid Regulations

 

SOUTH CAROLINA

Revised Pain Management Guidelines South Carolina State Boards of Dentistry, Medical Examiners, Nursing and Pharmacy 2017

South Carolina Department of Health Opioid Resources

South Carolina State Board of Medical Examiners: Pain Management Guidelines

South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control New Schedules for Controlled Substances

 

SOUTH DAKOTA

South Dakota Controlled Substance Registration for Practitioners

SD Statewide Response to the Opioid Crisis

South Dakota Department of Health Prescription Opioid Abuse Prevention Initiative

The Journal of the South Dakota Medical Association: Addressing the Challenges of Prescribing Controlled Drugs

 

TENNESSEE

Tennessee Laws & Policies

Tennessee Chronic Pain Guidelines

Tennessee Pain Clinic Rules

Tennessee Pain Clinic Guidelines

Tennessee Medical Association Member Resource Center

 

TEXAS

Texas Medical Board Minimum Requirements for the Treatment of Chronic Pain

Texas Medical Association House of Delegates: Responsible Opioid Prescribing for Pain Management

Texas Medical Board Pain Management Clinic Registration

Texas State Board of Pharmacy: Information Regarding Controlled Substances

 

UTAH

Utah Clinical Guidelines on Prescribing Opioids for Treatment of Pain

Utah Medical Association: Controlled Substances: Education for the Prescriber

Utah Department of Health, Violence & Injury Prevention Program: Prescription Opioid Deaths

 

VERMONT

Vermont Department of Health: Regultions For Opioid Prescribing for Pain

Vermont Department of Health, Vermont Medical Society Opioid and VPMS Rules Summary

Vermont Medical Society: Opiate Prescribing & Substance Use Disorder Information

 

VIRGINIA

Virginia Regulations Governing Prescribing of Opioids and Buprenorphine

Dear Prescriber Letter from the VA Department of Health Professionals

Medical Society of Virginia: Mandatory Prescribing Regulations for Treating Pain and Addiction

 

WASHINGTON

Washington State ESHB 1427

Interagency Guidelines on Prescribing Opioids for Pain: Developed by the Washington State Agency Medical Directors’ Group (AMDG)

Washington State Department of Health: Pain Management Resources

 

WEST VIRGINIA

West Virginia Board of Medicine Management of Pain Act

Substance Abuse in West Virginia: The Road Forward

Best Practices for Prescribing Opioids in West Virginia

A Guide to State Opioid Prescribing Policy: West Virginia

 

WISCONSIN

Wisconsin Medical Examining Board Opioid Prescribing Guidelines

 Wisconsin Department of Health Services Provider Resources: Opioids

Wisconsin State Legislature 961.385 Prescription Drug Monitoring Program

Wisconsin Medical Society: Opioid Prescribing Principles

 

WYOMING

Wyoming Controlled Substances Act/Rule 2017 & WORx

Wyoming State Board of Pharmacy: Controlled Susbstance Registration

Workers' Compensation Division Treatment Guidelines for Chronic Non-Malignant Pain

Wyoming Department of Health: Opioid Abuse Data and Resources

 

THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

DC Emergency Department Opioid Prescribing Guidelines

The DC Center for Rational Prescribing

The District of Columbia Prescribing and Dispensing Profile

The District of Columbia Department of Health: Getting Patients Off of Opioids

 

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