The Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Act (AB474), which was introduced by Governor Sandoval during his 2017 State of the State address, was passed unanimously by the legislature, and was signed into law on June 16, 2017. The law, which went into effect on January 1, 2018, expands state laws related to the reporting of drug overdoses, provides protocols for healthcare provider that are prescribing controlled substances, and enacts the Prescribe 365 initiative. This impacts all prescriptions for controlled substances; however, most provisions apply specifically to only those controlled substances prescribed to treat pain.
This legislation establishes a standard of care that is intended to ensure that prescribers have critical information about their patient that demonstrates that the benefits of prescribing a controlled substance outweigh the risks, and ultimately improve patient safety and reduce the risk of addiction to prescription drugs.
In 2019, the Legislature passed AB 239, which further refined the requirements around controlled substance prescribing.
In order to assist our member hospitals with the requirements of the law, NRHP has compiled a list of resources, tools, and templates for opioid abuse prevention.