State Response to Opioid Crisis and Opioid Prescribing Requirements: A 50 State Survey

Co-Authored by Shawn P. Parker
Published by American Health Lawyers Association

Courtesy of the American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA), this 50-State Survey is a resource available exclusively to members of the Physician Organizations Practice Group (and their attorneys) who have questions regarding state opioid prescribing requirements or who desire additional information about their state’s governmental response to such crisis.

The Survey provides a broad overview and useful references with respect to each of the following topics on a state-by-state basis:

  • Prescription drug monitoring system requirements;
  • Opioid analgesic prescription and related licensure, disciplinary, and other requirements imposed on physicians, physician assistants, and advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs), including without limitation nurse practitioners (NPs) and certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs);
  • Related state Medicaid requirements;
  • Related state workers’ compensation requirements; and
  • Additional initiatives/resources designed to combat the opioid crisis.

Each state summary references relevant statutory and regulatory authority; case law; and Board of Medicine, Board of Nursing, Board of Pharmacy, and other governmental guidance related to the issues referenced. Each summary also includes links to online resources containing information on the latest developments.

For purposes of clarification, but not limitation, the Survey generally does not include a discussion of requirements related to prescribing to self and family members; opioid or other substance abuse treatment programs (including their licensing or reimbursement); prescription by dentists or optometrists; or any federal requirements, initiatives, or guidance.

NOTE: This resource is only accessible to members of AHLA's Physician Organizations Practice Group; therefore, the link provided will take users to a sign-in page.


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