Senate Bill 1462 by Sen. Royce West (D-Dallas), supported by TMA during the legislative session, gives physicians authority to prescribe the lifesaving opioid antagonist naloxone not only to patients but also to family members or friends of those who may be at risk of an overdose. The law, effective Sept. 1, also allows a person or organization acting under a standing order to distribute an opioid antagonist and allows pharmacies to dispense the drug.
Fatal drug overdoses are a leading cause of unintentional death in Texas and the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has called prescription painkiller overdoses an epidemic.
The new law provides liability protection for prescribers who, acting in good faith with reasonable care, prescribe an opioid antagonist.
CDC has guidance on prescribing opioids for chronic pain. Visit Prescribe to Prevent to access guidance for clinicians, information on naloxone products, and links to training for consumers.
Action, Sept. 1, 2015
Last Updated On
October 01, 2015
Originally Published On
August 26, 2015