Date: Wednesday October 4, 2017
The Michigan State Legislature's Health Policy Committee approved a package of bills (Senate Bills 166, 167, 270, 273, 274) designed to reduce opioid abuse. "The bills move next to the House floor, where they would need to be approved by the full House. From there the Senate would have to OK any changes before sending them to Gov. Rick Snyder for signature. " Senate Bill 166 "requires health professionals to use the Michigan Automated Prescribing System (MAPS) when prescribing controlled substances that are in the federal drug schedule II through V."
As background, following recommendations of Governor Snyder's Michigan Prescription Drug and Opioid Abuse Task Force in March 2017, Michigan upgraded its existing MAPS system to join 42 other states that use technology provided by software vendor Appriss. MAPS is managed by the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA). According to LARA, the new MAPS software system reduces patient look up time for prescribers and dispensers, "allows data sharing between states, features real-time data uploads and has a dashboard and online tutorials for prescribers using the system."
Michigan has been a leader in initiatives designed to prevent and treat opioid abuse, a key priority nationally and across the states and territories.