STOP Act Prescribing Limits Now In Effect

The Strengthen Opioid Misuse Prevention (STOP) Act’s limits on initial prescriptions for acute and postsurgical pain now are in effect. Gov. Roy Cooper signed the STOP Act into law in June 2017. This Act seeks to address the opioid abuse epidemic in the state and contains measures that may change the way you prescribe controlled substances. Read what is contained in this law and the background on its passage by the General Assembly on the North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS) 2017 Legislative blog.

The NCMS has been working with the North Carolina Medical Board (NCMB) to assist in clarifying and implementing this new law. For instance, the NCMB has put forth a draft rule defining ‘consultation’ between a physician assistant and physician as it applies to opioid prescribing under the new law. The NCMB will accept public comments on the proposed rule through March 1, 2018, and will hold a hearing on the rule the same day. Send comments to

Review what the STOP Act may mean for you with the NCMB’s answers to commonly asked questions about the provisions of the STOP Act. The Board also has information for patients on the STOP Act’s prescribing limits in an easy to print and post format as well as CME resources on its website. See the Learning Opportunities section in this Bulletin for other educational offerings on opioid prescribing.


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