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ESHB 1427 - safe opioid prescribing rules

Monday, August 7, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Janet Anderson
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As you know the nation and the State of Washington are gripped with an opioid epidemic. It is perhaps the worst man-made epidemic we have ever faced. In an effort to further combat this problem the Legislature passed, and the Governor signed into law, Engrossed Substitute House Bill (ESHB) 1427. As an aggregation of multiple bills, ESHB 1427 has several intended effects, primarily to implement safe opioid prescribing rules, to expand access and use of Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) data, and to improve access to medication assisted treatment.

 

In an effort to promote coordinated and consistent rules across the professions, each board and commission named in the bill will send representatives to form a workgroup. This workgroup will hold 7 stakeholder meetings between September 2017 and March 2018.

 

The Department of Health filed a CR-101 (notification of intent to amend a rule) with the Office of the Code Reviser July 17, 2017 as WSR 17-15-132 to notify the public it will open chapter 246-470 WAC regarding the Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) to implement legislation (ESHB 1427).

 

As our rule making progresses in the next few months, we'll send out additional information via email regarding stakeholder meetings, public comment periods, and public hearings. You may register to get these notices by selecting the green “Subscribe” button at the bottom of the PMP web page and adding “HB 1427 Implementation” as one of your DOH listserv selections.

If you have questions email us at prescriptionmonitoring@doh.wa.gov.


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