Updated opioid prescription regulations are in effect now as part of a statewide effort to cut overdose deaths by one- third over the next three years.
The regulations are based on recommendations from Governor Gina Raimondo’s Overdose Prevention and Intervention Task Force.
Rhode Island Department of Health officials say patients being prescribed opioids from chronic pain will not be affected by the changes aimed at those being treated for acute pain.
Part of the changes include continued education training for those who prescribe pain medication and eliminating extended-release opioid prescriptions as an initial treatment option for acute pain.
Rhode Island DOH Director Nicole Alexander-Scott says healthcare providers need to make sure they’re only prescribing what’s needed to treat acute pain.