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WMC to Re-open Opioid Rules

OLYMPIA, JUNE 28, 2019 - At the end of the 2019 legislative session a new comprehensive opioid bill passed at the request of Gov. Jay Inslee.

As a result of the legislation, the Washington Medical Commission (WMC) is required to re-open rulemaking on the administrative rules that govern prescribing opioids. Rulemaking will establish additional patient notification requirements for practitioners or their delegates when prescribing.

The WMC rulemaking will not address morphine equivalent dosage (MED) changes. There is no intention within the new law, or during rulemaking, to lower the current 120 MED consulting threshold.

Public feedback is sought on the patient notification, secure storage, and disposal sections of the rule which are found in WAC 246-919-865 and WAC 246-918-815.

To begin this process, the WMC intends to hold a rules workshop on July 10, 2019 at 9 a.m. For more information, sign up for email alerts at: wmc.wa.gov/resources/stay-informed.

The WMC promotes patient safety and enhances the integrity of the medical profession through licensing, rule-making, discipline, and education. Learn more about the commission at WMC.wa.gov. Follow the WMC on Facebook and Twitter.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 28, 2019

Contact: Stephanie McManus

Email: Stephanie.McManus@wmc.wa.gov 

Office: (360) 236-2774