Opioids; limit on amount prescribed, extends sunset provision. (HB1885)

Introduced By

Del. Tim Hugo (R-Centreville)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Prescription of opioids; limits. Provides that a prescriber who prescribes a controlled substance containing an opioid to a patient shall not prescribe an amount greater than a seven-day supply unless (i) in the professional medical judgment of the prescriber, more than a seven-day supply of the controlled substance containing an opioid is required to stabilize the patient's acute medical condition, or (ii) the prescription is for the management of pain associated with cancer, use in palliative or hospice care, or management of chronic pain not associated with cancer. The bill also requires a prescriber to obtain information from the Prescription Monitoring Program at the time of initiating a new course of treatment that includes the prescribing of opioids anticipated to last more than seven consecutive days. Currently, a prescriber must request such information when a course of opioid treatment is expected to last more than 14 consecutive days. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/10/2017Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17100971D
01/10/2017Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
01/16/2017Impact statement from VDH (HB1885)
01/17/2017Assigned HWI sub: Subcommittee #1
01/23/2017Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (9-Y 0-N)
01/26/2017Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/26/2017Committee substitute printed 17104611D-H1
01/26/2017Impact statement from VDH (HB1885H1)
01/27/2017Read first time
01/30/2017Read second time
01/30/2017Committee substitute agreed to 17104611D-H1
01/30/2017Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1885H1
01/31/2017Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (97-Y 0-N)
01/31/2017VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (97-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/01/2017Constitutional reading dispensed
02/01/2017Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/09/2017Reported from Education and Health (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2017Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/13/2017Read third time
02/13/2017Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2017Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1885ER)
02/15/2017Impact statement from VDH (HB1885ER)
02/15/2017Signed by Speaker
02/17/2017Signed by President
02/17/2017Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 2/17/17
02/17/2017G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, February 24, 2017
02/21/2017Governor's recommendation received by House
02/23/2017Placed on Calendar
02/23/2017House concurred in Governor's recommendation (100-Y 0-N)
02/23/2017VOTE: ADOPTION (100-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2017G Approved by Governor-Chapter 249 (effective 7/1/17)
02/24/2017Enacted, Chapter 249 (effective 7/1/16)
02/24/2017Senate concurred in Governor's recommendation (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2017G Governor's recommendation adopted
02/24/2017Reenrolled bill text (HB1885ER2)
02/24/2017Signed by Speaker as reenrolled
02/24/2017Signed by President as reenrolled
02/24/2017Enacted, Chapter 249 (effective 7/1/17)
02/24/2017G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0249)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 2 clips in all, totaling 2 minutes.


This is a transcript of the video clips in which this bill is discussed.

of 2016 related to prescriptions of opioid limit. The bill previously pass the the house and the governor has made a recommendation and the governor's amendments are before the body.

Del. Bill Howell (R-Fredericksburg): the gentleman from fairfax, Mr. Hugo.

Del. Tim Hugo (R-Centreville): the governor's amendments extends the sunset from June 30, 2019 to June 30, 2022,.

[Unknown]: I hope it would be the will of the body to accept the governor's amendments.

Del. Tim Hugo (R-Centreville): shall the governor's recommendations be accepted? The clerk will close the roll.

[Unknown]: ayes 100, nos 0. the governor's recommendations are accepted. Members, please take your seats.