Oklahoma Requires CME for Prescribers

PolicyMed.com (05/08/18) Sullivan, Thomas

Legislators in Oklahoma have passed a bill that asks that state Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision to mandate continuing medical education for prescribers on opioid abuse and misuse. The legislation states, "The Board shall require that the licensee receive not less than one hour of education in pain management or one hour of education in opioid use or addiction each year preceding an application for renewal of a license, unless the licensee has demonstrated to the satisfaction of the Board that the licensee does not currently hold a valid federal Drug Enforcement Administration registration number." Senate Bill 1446 would also initial prescriptions of opioids to a seven-day supply. State Attorney General Mike Hunter praised the Oklahoma House of Representatives and Senate for their work in passing legislation requested by the Oklahoma Commission on Opioid Abuse, noting that "the bipartisan support from both chambers shows the commitment of members to saving lives and putting a stop to the opioid crisis that continues to claim an average of 1,000 Oklahomans every year."

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