Controlled substances containing opioids; limits on prescription. (HB132)

Introduced By

Sen. John Bell (D-Chantilly)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Limits on prescription of controlled substances containing opioids. Prohibits a prescriber providing treatment for a patient in an emergency department of a corporation, facility, or institution licensed to provide health care from prescribing a controlled substance containing an opioid in a quantity greater than a 10-day supply, as determined in accordance with the prescriber's directions for use. The bill also prohibits a pharmacist from dispensing a controlled substance containing an opioid pursuant to a prescription issued by a prescriber providing treatment to a patient in the emergency department of a corporation, facility, or institution licensed to provide health care unless the prescription complies with the requirements of the bill. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


12/19/2017Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/18 18101289D
12/19/2017Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
01/10/2018Impact statement from VDH (HB132)
01/15/2018Assigned HWI sub:
01/15/2018Assigned HWI sub: Subcommittee #2
01/23/2018Subcommittee recommends striking from docket (10-Y 0-N)
02/13/2018Left in Health, Welfare and Institutions


Jan Burch writes:

Let doctors determine a patient's needs instead of politicians pretending to know what is best for particular patients.People with certain diseases, such as cancer or multiple sclerosis require opiates on a continual basis. There are circumstances under which these drugs might need to be prescribed by an ER physician for longer than 10 days (a patient unexpectedly detained out of town for 2 weeks, for example). The ER MD can consult with the regular prescriber to ensure there is no abuse. This is but one single example of why you should vote no on HB132, but there are many more. Please let doctors decide what is best for their patients.