New Opioid Prevention Act Signed by Governor Cooper will Effect Prescribing

Governor Roy Cooper signed the STOP Act (Strengthening Opioid Misuse and Prevention) late last month, ushering in a number of changes to how family physicians and practices prescribe certain Schedule 2 and Schedule 3 Controlled substances. Broadly, the new law defines a number of targeted controlled substances, limits initial prescribing of these for acute pain and/or post-surgery, and adds new requirements for the checking of the Controlled Substances Reporting System and e-prescribing.

Given the Act’s complexity and its phased roll-out, the NCAFP will be publishing an article detailing additional specifics on the new law in next month’s North Carolina Family Physician magazine.