Several New Laws For The New Year

Several new laws went into effect for the upcoming year. Laws on opioids, sanctuary cities, civil asset forfeiture, wine sales and more have taken effect.

A new law on opioids was passed. The new law limits initial opioid prescriptions to a three-day supply for new patients, with exceptions for major surgeries, cancer, hospice, sickle cell disease and treatment in certain licensed facilities. The law also states that any establishment or entity that prescribes or dispenses opioids has to display a visible sign for people to call if they suspect abuse. The sign will include a hotline for people if they want to report abuse information. By July 1, 2020, with certain exceptions, prescribers will only be able to issue prescriptions for Schedule II controlled substances electronically.

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