Governor Rick Snyder of Michigan
Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017
LANSING, Mich. – Lt. Gov. Brian Calley today signed legislation that will help combat the opioid epidemic, which is impacting every community across our state and has become a national emergency.
“The addiction epidemic is now claiming more lives than car accidents and we are taking an all-hands-on deck approach in Michigan to combat it and prevent future addiction,” Calley said. “This legislation will help provide better education on the dangers of addiction before pills are ever dispensed and ensures that a patient’s drug history is known before these highly addictive medications are prescribed. Prevention and earlier detection of addiction will save lives.”
The legislative package was unveiled in March by Calley, Gov. Snyder and a group of bipartisan legislators as implementation of recommendations of the Prescription Drug and Opioid Abuse Task Force which Calley chaired.
Senate Bills 166 and 167, sponsored by state Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker, require prescribers to check a patient’s prescription history in the Michigan Automated Prescription System prior to providing controlled substances to patients. The bills also create disciplinary action for prescribers who fail to use MAPS. The bills are now Public Acts 248 and 249 of 2017.
Other reforms in the package include:
Progress to date includes launching Michigan’s new prescription monitoring program, expanding Michigan’s Good Samaritan law to encourage people to report overdoses without fear of being arrested, increasing the number of prescription drug drop off bins, expanding the availability of Medication Assisted Treatment and implementing innovative recovery programs.
Michigan has also issued a standing order for naloxone to pharmacies, making the overdose antidote more readily available. Nearly 1,300 orders were dispensed in the first three months.
Article V Section 26 of the Michigan Constitution gives authority to the lieutenant governor to sign legislation when the governor is out of state.
For more information on this and other legislation, visit www.legislature.mi.gov.