Opioid Misuse

Updated January 23, 2017

Talking Points

  • As physicians, we are extremely concerned with the crisis facing Virginia and are uniquely qualified and positioned to heal our opioid problem.
  • Opioid deaths have increased by 77% from 2011-1016. In 2014 the leading cause of accidental death in Virginia was opioid overdose
  • The State Health Commissioner declared a public health emergency in November 2016
    • The Board of Medicine is currently developing regulations on opioid and buprenorphine prescribing, which are evidence based and enforceable by the Board.
  • MSV supports legislation that endorses the BOM’s development of these regulations.
    • This legislation also requires the Board of Dentistry to develop similar prescribing regulations.


January 13, 2017

As expected, opioid and heroin use remain hot topics at the General Assembly.  Numerous bills have been filed that would impose anywhere from a three to a seven day limit on opioid prescriptions, which MSV does not believe to be effective solutions to this crisis.  MSV supports legislation that has been filed directing the Boards of Medicine and Dentistry to develop regulations on the prescribing of opioids in cases of acute pain, chronic pain, and addiction.  Additionally, MSV is putting forth a budget amendment that would create a pilot program that would integrate the Prescription Monitoring Program into physician EHR programs.  MSV continues to work with legislators and stakeholders to create the best approaches to tackling this crisis, without legislating the practice of medicine.   

For questions on this or other issues, please contact MSV at [email protected].