Physicians and Nurse Practitioners Applaud Efforts to Curb Opioid Abuse

For Immediate Release, February 27, 2016 (updated 9-16-16)

The NH Medical Society and NH Nurse Practitioners Association offered praise and support to their respective licensing boards as the boards prepare to submit permanent opioid prescribing rules for legislative approval. Last November, the Board of Medicine and Board of Nursing adopted emergency opioid prescribing rules which will expire in May. Since November, the two licensing boards have worked conscientiously to gather critical input from diverse practitioners and patients, to review key national and specialty guidelines, in order to craft permanent rules that will support patient care while reducing opioid-associated harm.

Medical Society president, Dr. John Butterly, said, "The Medical Society is actively engaged with the medical board, legislators and other stakeholders, to insure that patients get the care that they need while reducing the number of unused pills sitting in medicine cabinets."

Evie Stacy, APRN, president of the Nurse Practitioner Association, agreed, "We are working to find the right balance between the current abuse crisis and taking care of our patients with legitimate pain control needs."

The two associations worked with the Joint Legislative Task Force last year and supported Senate Bill 576 in January, to require prescribers to complete opioid-focused education and to require checking the prescription monitoring program data base prior to prescribing opioids for pain. Currently the NH Board of Medicine and the NH Board of Nursing have submitted rules that require that NH providers adhere to mandatory standards for the prescribing of schedule II, III, and IV opioids.

The NH Nurse Practitioners Association and NH Medical Society also expressed support for the recent joint position statement of the National Governors Association Health Committee and the American Medical Association, to encourage more prescriber education and greater use of state prescription monitoring programs.

Contact:

James Potter                                                                                                Mary Bidgood-Wilson,CNM, FNP, FACNM, FAANP
(603) 224-1909 or james.potter@nhms.org                                                 Executive Director NHNPA, (603) 455-5481 
                                                                                                                      mbidgoodwilson@lrgh.org