The Maine Department of Health and Human Services has issued a release pointing out the details in the new statewide opioids bill which went into effective Friday.

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The new law is from the bill titled An Act To Prevent Opiate Abuse by Strengthening the Controlled Substances Prescription Monitoring Program.

The major points covered in the bill are:

As of 7/29/2016


  • An individual falls under one of the exceptions under Title 22, § 2210
  • It is deemed medically necessary by the prescriber and the need is documented in the patient’s chart as referenced under Title 22, § 7254

As of 1/1/2017

  • Prescribers are required to check the PMP for any new benzo or opioid prescription and recheck every 90 days thereafter
  • A patient receiving treatment for chronic pain is limited to a 30 day supply of an opioid medication
  • A patient receiving treatment for acute pain is limited to a 7 day supply of an opioid medication

As of 7/1/2017

  • Opioids must be electronically prescribed
  • Existing prescriptions for opioid medication will be limited to 100MME per day
Gov. Paul LePage signs the Opioids Act into law/Maine DHHS

The Department says rulemaking is underway to provide guidance for e-prescribing and to clarify exceptions.