Opioid Epidemic in Florida

Posted in Latest News on April 17, 2018.

In an effort to combat the national opioid epidemic in Florida, in March 2018 Governor Rick Scott signed HB 21 creating new limits on schedule II prescriptions for pain medication. These restrictions do not apply to patients suffering pain from:

  • cancer
  • terminal illness
  • provision of relief for symptoms related an incurable, progressive illness or injury (chronic nonmalignant pain)
  • palliative care, or
  • serious traumatic injuries

The law (Section 456.44(3)(d), F.S.) does require that a prescribing practitioner see a patient being treated with controlled substances for chronic nonmalignant pain at least once every three months.

In proposing the 2018 legislation, lawmakers focused attention on preventing addiction through placing opioid prescription limits for patients with acute pain. The law places a three-day limit on opioid prescription for acute pain. However, the practitioner may prescribe up to a 7-day supply if he or she determines it is medically necessary.



More Latest News

Notification of Renewal Deadline Extension
December 29, 2020

State Surgeon General Scott A. Rivkees issued Emergency Order 20-015 granting licensure renewal extensions
Continue reading


Potential Spam Alert
November 18, 2020

The Department of Health, Division of Medical Quality Assurance is warning Florida health care practitioners about fraudulent calls that have been received by multiple licensees.
Continue reading