States and Status of Legislation Protecting CPP's and Providers:

SB23-144 bill passed and was signed into law in May 2023.

Bill Summary - SB23-144

"The bill allows a health-care provider to prescribe, dispense, or administer a schedule II, III, IV, or V controlled substance (drug) to a patient in the course of treatment for a diagnosed condition that causes chronic pain. The bill also clarifies that the prescribing health-care provider is not subject to disciplinary action by the appropriate regulator for prescribing a dosage of a drug that is equal to or more than a morphine milligram equivalent dosage recommendation or threshold specified in state or federal opioid prescribing guidelines or policies.

The bill prohibits a health-care provider from refusing to accept or continue to treat a patient solely on the basis of the dosage of a drug the patient requires for the treatment of chronic pain. A health-care provider is also prohibited from tapering a needed dosage solely to meet a predetermined dosage recommendation.

The bill also prohibits a pharmacist, health insurance carrier, or pharmacy benefit manager from refusing to fill or approve the coverage for a drug solely on the basis of the dosage requirement of a patient."

Colorado NPAC bill info

Illinois - HB 2046

Status - In Committee

Summary- Amends the Illinois Controlled Substances Act. Provides that all decisions regarding the treatment of patients experiencing pain, including chronic pain, shall be made by the prescriber. Provides that ordering, prescribing, dispensing, administering, or paying for controlled substances, including opioids, shall not in any way be predetermined by specific morphine milligram equivalent guidelines. Provides that, before the Department of Human Services releases confidential information from the central repository, the applicant, in addition to other requirements of the Act, must demonstrate in writing to the Department that the applicant has a valid court order or subpoena for the release of the confidential information requested.

Please join Arizona's Don't Punish Pain Rally page to network with other CPP advocates from Arizona

In April of 2022, Arizona passed a law, Bill SB1162,  protecting pain patients. 

Dr. Jeffrey Singer testified if favor of the bill

Governor Doug Ducey Signs SB1162 into Law Helping Arizonians with Chronic Intractable Pain Get the Treatment They Need

Senator Nancy Barto introduced Arizona SB1162 in January 2022. This new law will give protections to chronic intractable pain patients in Arizona. This amendment to ARS Section 32-3248.01, will improve access to care, give physicians the ability to treat their patients as medically appropriate, and confirm that providers and their state governing boards have oversight on the proper treatment for these patients.

Accessing proper healthcare should be individualized and made more accessible. When adequate and timely care is not given, we see a more significant burden on taxpayers, individuals, and the State of Arizona. The Arizona Amendment to Section 32-3248.01, Arizona Revised Statutes; Relating to Controlled Substances will help define our rights and improve access to life-sustaining medications for all Arizonans in need and ensure that our state’s government truly represents the people of Arizona so that we may all participate in society more fully.

On June 2, 2021, Rhode Island's Governor Dan McKee signed Bill 384 into law. A copy of the bill can also be found here. Greg Amore, Claudia Merandi's local Representative, fought hard for this bill to pass which protects intractable pain patients from the 2016 CDC Opioid Guidelines. Recently, in March 2022, Arizona also passed legislation that was based on this bill from Rhode Island. That has been Claudia's hope for years, that she could pass a bill in Rhode Island that would trickle down into other states. Practical Pain Management covered this story.

In 2023, Senate Bill 793 Senate Bill 793 passed in Rhode Island. This is an extremely important bill because it protects providers. 

Please join Rhode Island's Don't Punish Rally Facebook page to network with other CPP's in Rhode Island.

CPP advocates in Minnesota have been working hard to pass legislation to protect intractable pain patients. 

Video of hearing on March 24, 2022. A CPP and Dr. Beth Darnall testified.

Minnesota Stat. 152.125 - intractable pain 

Please join New Hampshire's Don't Punish Pain Rally Facebook page to network with other advocates from NH.

New Hampshire’s Bill, HB1639, was signed by Governor Sununu in August of 2020. It was originally created as a separate bill, SB 546, but was later added to Omnibus Bill HB1639. 

The bill was created and passed with the amazing efforts of Bill Murphy, CPP advocate and original member of Don't Punish Pain Rally. When the bill was signed into law, Bill Murphy created this tweet

"New Hampshire’s Bill, HB1639, has been signed by Governor Sununu. This Bill addresses the “Treatment of Chronic Pain”. Key sections of this legislation are attached"

Please join Oklahoma's Don't Punish Pain Rally Facebook page to network with other CPP's in Oklahoma

Oklahoma's Intractable Pain Bill

In April 2021 Oklahoma's Bill SB57 unanimously passed the House and Senate.

Hearing About Harms From Forced Tapers

On November 1, 2021 the Oklahoma, Alcohol, Tobacco, and Controlled Substances Committee held a hearing. The  purpose was to discuss an interim study that was done about rapid de-prescribing and the horrific effects it has had on patients.  This was requested and organized by Tamera Stewart-P3Alliance Policy Director, Julia Heath-P3Alliance Director of Medical Initiatives, along with their leadership team.

Some of the speakers were Beth Darnall ,PhD from Stanford University, Dr. Vanila Singh, other doctors, a pharmacist, and chronic pain patients.

Beth Darnall, Phd:

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