On a unanimously vote, the Iowa House passed a bill last week to help curtail the opioid crisis in Iowa.
The bill, House File 2377, expands who is required to use the Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP), a tool that allows authorized prescribers and pharmacists to view information about their patients’ use of controlled substances. The bill also issues reports to each prescribing practitioner describing the summary of the practitioner’s history of prescribing controlled substances; a comparison to other practitioner’s prescribing activities, and educational updates.
The bill also includes Good Samaritan language that provides certain protections to those that seek treatment for a drug-related overdose or a person who is seeking treatment for another person who is experiencing a drug-related overdose. This gives them certain protections against being prosecuted or arrested, with some exceptions.
The bill now goes to the Senate.