Issue Background

Prescription Drug and Opioid Abuse

Every day in the United States 78 people die from drug abuse, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In response to this epidemic, many states are drafting legislation, rules and regulations to address this public health crisis. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures in 2016, more than 1,200 state bills and resolutions were filed targeted at tracking and reducing prescription opioids and ultimately preventing and decreasing overdose deaths. 


ADEA staff has conducted a review and analysis of state legislation recently enacted as well as state rules and regulations either pending or finalized regarding prescription drug and opioid abuse. The information has been compiled into a state-by-state chart. We trust this information will be useful to prescribers to determine how new legislation, rules and regulations might affect them in their states. Note, if you see N/A next to a state, that indicates that no information was available at the time of inquiry.


To stay updated, please visit the ADEA United States Interactive Legislative Tracking Map and the ADEA United States Interactive Regulatory Tracking Map; select Prescription Drug Monitoring from the drop-down menus. Information on the ADEA interactive maps are updated daily.


Read the ADEA Summary of State Legislation and Regulations Addressing Prescription Drug and Opioid Abuse


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