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Florida Enforces New Opioid Laws

Find out how Florida enforces new opioid laws and what you can do to protect yourself and your health.

Florida Enforces New Opioid Laws

In light of Florida’s devastating opioid epidemic, Governor Rick Scott recently signed into law a new high profile bill aimed at combating the prescription drug abuse which rocks Florida. Find out about how Florida Enforces New Opioid Laws below.

Set to take effect July 1, 2018, bill HB 21 includes more than $65 million to support Florida’s fight against opioid addiction. HB 21 is geared to limit the opportunities for drug addiction, reduce the reach of dangerous opioids in the community and give those vulnerable to addiction, much needed support.

Here’s how it works:

The new laws outlined in HB 21 restrict the use of prescribed opioids for acute pain to a minimum of 3 days unless specific conditions state otherwise- in this instance, a weeks supply of medication is approved. These new prescription limits will not impact those with cancer and other diagnosed forms of chronic pain, however.

The bill also decrees the implementation of a statewide database, or prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) requiring action from both pharmacists and doctors. PDMP requires pharmacists to report a slew of detailed information before filling any prescriptions. Before dispensing these controlled substances, the pharmacist is also expected to consult the database. Failure to do so will lead to several citations resulting in a misdemeanor offense.

House Speaker, Richard Corcoran said this measure of the bill, referring to the three-day prescription limit, could save thousands of lives. It’s a bit of an annoyance, Corcoran admitted, however, the benefits outweigh the added inconvenience.

By limiting practitioners abilities to prescribe an excess of opioids to treat acute and chronic pain, prevents sufferers from ‘doctor-shopping,’ and racking up large quantities of pain medications, consequently, leading to addiction.

Ramos Center is working towards staying ahead of the curve and their very own, Dr. Fabian Ramos stated in recent interviews that a mere 18% of his patients take prescribed opioids, which is a far less percentage than what other doctor’s offices are shelling out now.

Interventional Pain Medicine and pain treatment is a complex discipline in which the professionals at Ramos Center have mastered. To see how they can help you, reach out today!