Greetings from the Division of Professions and Occupations:
On Thursday, September 6, 2018, the Division of Professions and Occupations (DPO) will hold a Stakeholder Meeting to discuss necessary changes to the Guidelines for Prescribing and Dispensing Opioids (Guidelines) due to the new requirements in Senate Bill 18-22 Clinical Practice for Opioid Prescribing. This new state law went into effect on May 21, 2018, immediately upon the Governor’s signature. The law sets forth prescribing requirements, such as the number of opioids to be prescribed and required Prescription Drug Monitoring Program checks in certain clinical situations. The law also provides specific exemptions to these requirements.
The Guidelines were released to the public in April. The prescribing Boards under the Division’s auspices remain committed to ensuring that the document continues to serve as a consistent reference that reflects best practices for stakeholders and any new laws the Boards must implement and enforce. DPO is requesting public feedback in order to fully review any impacts the proposed changes may have on consumer protection.
Final changes to the Guidelines will require formal adoption by the Colorado Dental Board, the Colorado Medical Board, the State Board of Nursing, the State Board of Optometry, the Colorado Podiatry Board, and the State Board of Pharmacy, and an endorsement by the State Board of Veterinary Medicine.
Written comments may be provided at any time to Holli Weaver at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additional information on the Guidelines is available on the Division’s website.
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