Issue Background

Prescription Drug and Opioid Abuse

ADEA staff has conducted a review and analysis of state legislation recently enacted as well as state rules and regulations recently 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 “NA” next to a state, that indicates that no information was available at the time of inquiry.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 400,000 people died between 1999 and 2017 from an overdose that involved an opioid. In response to this epidemic, many states have enacted legislation, rules and regulations to address this public health crisis.

To stay updated, please visit the ADEA U.S. Interactive Legislative and Regulatory Tracking Map and select “Opioids” from the drop-down menu. Information on the ADEA interactive maps is updated daily.



Read the 2020 ADEA Summary of State Legislation and Regulations Addressing Prescription Drug and Opioid Abuse


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