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Florida's Controlled Substances Bill
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Florida's Controlled Substances Bill

Florida, with the rest of the nation, continues to comprehend the full impact of the opioid epidemic. As a result of the alarming number of deaths due to the abuse of prescription opioids, heroin, and illicitly produced fentanyl, Florida became the 25th state since 2016 to enact opioid reform legislation, House Bill 21. This legislation will have a significant impact on the practice of medicine in regards to controlled substance prescribing. A copy of the bill can be found at the Florida Senate website HERE and the Florida Health Source website HERE.

Along with several changes to acute pain prescribing practices, HB 21 requires each practitioner registered with the United States Drug Enforcement Administration and authorized to prescribe controlled substances to complete a board-approved 2-hour continuing education course on prescribing controlled substances by January 31, 2019

The Florida Psychiatric Society is enabled by statute to provide the mandated course on prescribing controlled substances and following approval by the Board of Medicine will be providing it at the FPS 2018 Fall CME Meeting September 7 -9, 2018 in Orlando.

Other Links
The Florida Department of Health has launched a new website for the controlled substance legislation with a good frequently asked questions (FAQ) section.

Florida Health Source Website

FMA Opioid Resource Center Website.

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