Senator Chris Eaton joined a bipartisan group of lawmakers, Attorney General Lori Swanson, doctors, law enforcement, and people affected by opioid addiction on Jan. 22 to unveil the Opioid Reform Act, a series of bills designed to combat opioid abuse.
The Opioid Reform Act includes:
- A bill allowing retail or specialty pharmacies to be paid directly by the medical assistance program for nonscheduled injectable drugs used to treat substance abuse that are administered in an outpatient setting. (SF 563)
- A bill requiring patients to fill prescriptions for opioids within 30 days after they are issued by a doctor. (SF 752)
- A bill requiring pharmacists to include information about the addictive nature of opioids with the prescriptions they fill. (SF 751)
- A bill requiring pharmacists to review a patient’s history relating to controlled substances before prescribing or dispensing any controlled substance prescription. (SF 753)
- A bill that would tax manufacturers 1 cent per morphine milligram equivalent on all schedule II opiates. The funding collected would provide grants for public awareness and emergency medical services. (SF 730)