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Opioid bill signed

By Aaryn Frazier, May 15, 2018

Governor Kim Reynolds signed a bill for the regulation of opioid-related substances to take action against increasing deaths.

“Opioid-related deaths have more than doubled over the past decade,” Gov. Reynolds said. “And like I said in my Condition of the State address, this will not end until we take action. With this legislation, we are taking the first step to reverse this heart-wrenching trend.”

Anyone giving prescriptions must register for and use the prescription monitoring program. Monitoring will notify prescribers and help to recognize patients at high risk for abuse and addiction, require electronic prescribing in order to eliminate the risk of fraud. It will also allow licensing boards to assess penalties for providers who overprescribe.

House File 2377 ensures those who need immediate help with an overdose receive it by providing for immunity from criminal liability for those who call 911 to seek care for someone who has overdosed on drugs.

The opioid bill passed the Iowa Senate on April 30, 48-0 and the Iowa House on May 2, 95-0

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