The New York State Dental Association recently announced that initial prescriptions for Schedule II, III and IV opioid drugs that have been prescribed for acute pain have been limited to seven days.
The statute went into effect on July 22 and applies only to opioids prescriptions for the treatment of acute pain and does not affect the treatment of chronic pain, hospice or cancer care.
Prescribers will be allowed to have follow-up consultations and treatments for reoccurring pain. They can also issue renewal, refill or new prescriptions for opioids or other drugs that are in line with existing 30 or 90-day statutory limits for Schedule II, III and IV medications.
The new opioid prescription limitations are part of a bill that was signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, which was conceived to help decrease opioid abuse in the state of New York.