On December 27, 2017, legislation that I introduced to stop prescription drug addiction and overdoses received final approval from Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley.
Senate Bills 166 and 167, now Public Acts 248 and 249 of 2017, require all prescribers who prescribe Schedule 2 through Schedule 5 controlled substances to review a Michigan Automated Prescription System (MAPS) report before issuing a prescription for a controlled substance. The report lists which substances a patient has received and who has prescribed them. A MAPS report could indicate to the physician or health care provider that abuse or doctor shopping may be occurring.
Countless families have been devastated from the current opioid epidemic. These new laws will save many lives by giving doctors the opportunity to review a patient’s full controlled substance prescription history before making a decision to prescribe addictive drugs.