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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: December 7, 2018 08:47 AM
From: Senator Gene Yaw
To: All Senate members
Subject: Implementation of Opioid Prescribing Guidelines
In the near future, I plan to re-introduce legislation (SB 655 of the 2017-18 Session) requiring mandatory implementation of opioid prescribing guidelines developed by the Safe and Effective Prescribing Practices Task Force.

Convened by the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, the task force developed and approved guidelines, which have been all or in part independently adopted by the state Board of Medicine, the Board of Pharmacy and Board of Dentistry.

The guidelines include:
  • Treating Chronic Non-Cancer Pain
  • Emergency Department Pain Treatment Guidelines
  • Opioids in Dental Practice
  • Opioid Dispensing Guidelines
  • Obstetrics & Gynecology Opioid Prescribing Guidelines
  • Geriatric Pain
  • Use of Addiction Treatment Medications in Treatment of Pregnant Patients with OUD
  • Safe Prescribing Benzodiazepines for Acute Treatment of Anxiety & Insomnia
  • Safe Prescribing of Opioids in Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Safe Prescribing of Opioids in Pediatric and Adolescent Populations
  • Safe Prescribing for Workers' Compensation
This legislation is part of a comprehensive approach to fighting the ongoing heroin and opioid addiction crisis in Pennsylvania.

I hope you will join me in co-sponsoring this important legislation.

Introduced as SB566