Maine E-Prescribing Mandate Origin
Governor Paul R. LePage signed into law LD 1646, “An Act To Prevent Opiate Abuse by Strengthening the Controlled Substances Prescription Monitoring Program” earlier this spring. He was motivated to introduce the law after meeting with the widow of a working man who was over-prescribed opiates following a workplace injury. Unfortunately, the husband’s addiction lead to his death caused by an overdose.
Approximately 75% of heroin addicts begin with prescription opioid medications.
Governor LePage aims to combat the addiction that devastates the Maine community by mandating electronic prescribing.