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Opioid prescribing laws to change Nov. 1

Q&A with Melissa Revell

published in The Oklahoman | October 19, 2018

On November 1, 2018, a new law goes into effect in Oklahoma that limits the amount of opioids a physician can prescribe and establishes additional safeguards for helping curb the potential for opioid abuse.

In an extensive business Q&A with The Oklahoman, healthcare attorney Melissa Revell discussed the various provisions of the new law, including new prescribing limits, added responsibilities and requirements placed on physicians and other licensed prescribers, and what changes patients with acute and chronic pain can expect as a result of the new law.

“Patients can expect a lot more communication, disclosures, and documentation before they can receive a prescription for opioids or any other Schedule II controlled dangerous substances,” said Revell.  “The law intentionally outlines each step of the prescription process in an attempt to decrease the opportunity for addiction.  These cautionary steps include a documented medical history, a thorough physical exam, a treatment plan focused on determining the cause of pain, and a limited supply of prescription opioid drugs.”