The State Medical Board of Ohio has released the following information on the new chronic and subacute opioid prescribing rules that went into effect on December 23, 2018.
The new rules have specific language that requires a prescriber to prescribe naloxone for any patient who meets specific criteria for risk of overdose.
- The patient has a history of prior opioid overdose;
- The dosage prescribed exceeds a daily average of eighty MED or at lower doses if the patient is co-prescribed a benzodiazepine, sedative hypnotic drug, carisprodal, tramadol, or gabapentin; or
- The patient has a concurrent substance use disorder.