Justice OKs legislation to reduce opioid prescribing in WV

Gov. Jim Justice of West Virginia has signed into law a measure that restricts the number of opioids that physicians can prescribe for acute pain. The new law, which becomes effective on June 7, will limit prescriptions for short-term pain to a 7-day supply.

Gov. Jim Justice of West Virginia has signed into law a measure that restricts the number of opioids that physicians can prescribe for acute pain. The new law, which becomes effective on June 7, will limit prescriptions for short-term pain to a 7-day supply. In addition, it would set protocols for treating chronic pain and require the state Board of Pharmacy to flag any suspicious prescriptions to medical licensing boards. Opioid prescriptions issued at emergency departments and urgent care facilities will be limited to a 4-day supply, while dentists and optometrists will only be able to prescribe a 3-day supply of opioids. The new legislation does not include pain medications for people with cancer or in hospice, nor for those in a nursing home or other long-term care facility. Additionally, prescriptions for existing chronic pain patients would not be subject to the new limits.