New opioid bill signed into law

  |   Legislative

A sweeping new opioid bill passed the Legislature and was signed by the Governor on May 8. The legislation outlines a comprehensive, statewide approach to treating and preventing opioid use disorder by addressing prevention, education, treatment and swift responses to overdoses. SSB 5380 modifies the protocols for using medications to treat opioid use disorder and requires prescribers to counsel patients on the risks of opioids. The legislation also establishes new reporting requirements for the Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) and extends access to opioid overdose reversal medication.

The new law will exempt veterinarians from the prescribing and counseling requirements. Reporting to the PMP will also remain the same. The WSVMA actively engaged on this issue with state House and Senate representatives to ensure veterinarians were not swept up in this bill. Thanks go to Dr. Lisa Parshley, Greg Hanon, and the Opioid Task Force for engaging in these critical conversations to explain that veterinarians only prescribe .34% of all opioids prescribed in the U.S. and should not be included in new state requirements aimed at human patients.

Posted May 10, 2019