New! August 22, 2017: In an effort to combat the Maine opioid epidemic, the Maine Legislature enacted P.L. 2015, ch. 488 (An Act to Prevent Opiate Abuse by Strengthening the Controlled Substances Prescription Monitoring Program). P.L. 2015, ch. 488 to amend the Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP)(Title 22, Chapter 1603) to include prescriber limits on opioid medication prescribing, effective January 1, 2017; included veterinarians in the definition of prescribers; required electronic prescribing and required prescribers and dispensers to check the Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) database. Ch. 488 required the Department to establish reasonable exceptions to prescriber limits, and ordered the Department to include prescribers in the process of drafting appropriate exceptions and in the drafting of draft rules. With the guidance of the Maine State Health Officer Dr. Christopher Pezzullo, the Department convened a PMP Stakeholder Group that included the Maine Medical Association, the Maine Hospital Association, the Maine Physician Assistant Association, the Maine Nurse Practitioners Association, the Maine Veterinary Medical Association, the Maine Pharmacy Association, and the Maine Osteopathic Association. SAMHS Rules | PDF

June 30, 2017: LD 1363 Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 11: Rules Governing the Controlled Substances Prescription Monitoring Program and Prescription of Opioid Medications, a Late-filed Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Health and Human Services

June 30, 2017: LD 1031 An Act To Clarify the Opioid Medication Prescribing Limits Laws