Regulations updated for opioid prescribing
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island’s pain management regulations have been updated in an effort to ensure safer opioid prescribing.
The state’s Department of Health says Monday it will require health care providers who are writing opioid prescriptions to co-prescribe the overdose reversal medication naloxone to patients at higher risk for overdose. Prescribers will also have to have a conversation with patients about the risks involved with taking an opioid, and indicate the diagnosis code on the prescription.
The updates will apply to anyone writing prescriptions for a controlled substance, including dentists and physicians.
The regulations were last updated in March 2017.
The number of new opioid prescriptions has been declining in Rhode Island. In the first quarter of 2018, 34,564 people received new opioid prescriptions, down from 43,373 in the first quarter of 2017.