Overdose Prevention

In 2015, Governor Larry Hogan issued two executives orders, establishing the Heroin and Opioid Emergency Task Force (Executive Order 01.01.2015.12) and a separate Inter-Agency Coordinating Council (Executive Order 01.01.2015.13) to address the state’s growing heroin and opioid crisis.

The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has implemented several initiatives related to overdose prevention.

In March 2015, because the Board was similarly concerned about the rise in the number of drug overdose deaths, the growing public health threat, and the potential role of prescribers, it mandated that physician and physician assistant (P.A.) licensees, per renewal cycle, complete one continuing medical education (credit hour) dedicated to opioid prescribing.

Due to legislation that passed during the 2016 Maryland General Assembly session, the Board’s CME mandate IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT AS OF OCTOBER 1, 2016.

However, the Board will continue to provide information related to opioid prescribing on this page. Please check this page for updates.

    Resources Related to Opioid Prescribing

In March 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ("CDC") released guidelines that contain recommendations for primary care clinicians who are prescribing opioids for chronic pain outside of active cancer treatment, palliative care, and end-of-life care.

 

Page updated 9/30/2016