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Delaware has just joined the ranks of other states that have posed limits on first-time opioid prescriptions, and Ohio is on its way to following suit.
As of Saturday, first-time opiate prescriptions for acute cases in Delaware may not exceed a one week supply under the new rules. If further opiate prescriptions are deemed necessary, further action is required, including a physical exam with discussion of relevant patient history and the risks of opiates, and a check of the statewide Prescription Monitoring Program database.
In Ohio, the state Board of Pharmacy is now considering rules proposed by Gov. John Kasich last week. The proposal calls for a seven-day limit on first-time prescriptions and will require doctors to include a diagnosis or procedure code on every controlled substance prescription, which will be entered into the state’s prescription monitoring program.
This year, both Pennsylvania and New Jersey adopted limits on first-time prescriptions for opioids, at seven day and five days, respectively.
Workers comp experts have said all opioid regulations will apply to injured workers.
A few days after Pennsylvania’s opioid prescription law limiting emergency room prescriptions to seven days with no refills went into effect on Jan. 1, lawmakers in neighboring New Jersey began introducing their own form of prescriber limits — five days for new prescriptions, according to a matching set of bills set before the state’s Senate and Assembly.