Opioids; workgroup to establish guidelines for prescribing. (HB2161)

Introduced By

Sen. Todd E. Pillion (R-Abingdon) with support from co-patrons Del. Terry Kilgore (R-Gate City), and Del. Israel O'Quinn (R-Bristol)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Secretary of Health and Human Resources; workgroup to establish educational guidelines for training health care providers in the safe prescribing and appropriate use of opioids. Requires the Secretary of Health and Human Resources to convene a workgroup that shall include representatives of the Departments of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, Health, and Health Professions as well as representatives of the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia and each of the Commonwealth's medical schools, dental schools, schools of optometry, schools of pharmacy, physician assistant education programs, and nursing education programs to develop educational standards and curricula for training health care providers, including physicians, dentists, optometrists, pharmacists, physician assistants, and nurses, in the safe and appropriate use of opioids to treat pain while minimizing the risk of addiction and substance abuse. The workgroup shall report its progress and the outcomes of its activities to the Governor and the General Assembly by December 1, 2017. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/11/2017Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17100758D
01/11/2017Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
01/16/2017Impact statement from DPB (HB2161)
01/17/2017Assigned HWI sub: Subcommittee #1
01/23/2017Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendments (9-Y 0-N)
01/26/2017Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions with amendments (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/27/2017Read first time
01/30/2017Read second time
01/30/2017Committee amendments agreed to
01/30/2017Emergency clause added
01/30/2017Engrossed by House as amended HB2161E
01/30/2017Printed as engrossed 17100758D-E
01/31/2017Impact statement from DPB (HB2161E)
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 Rules
02/10/2017Reported from Rules (13-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/13/2017Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2017Read third time
02/14/2017Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2017Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2161ER)
02/16/2017Impact statement from DPB (HB2161ER)
02/16/2017Signed 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
02/23/2017G Approved by Governor-Chapter 180 (effective 2/23/17)
02/23/2017G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0180)