AUGUSTA (WGME) – A new law that is effective July 1st will change the way opioids are prescribed.
The law mandates medications like oxycodone or vicodin to be prescribed electronically.
A representative from a local pharmacy said they don’ believe enough people are aware of the law and say they’re worried many older patients wont be able to gain access to their prescriptions in July.
The president of Waltz Pharmacy, Courtney Oland, stated they’re getting multiple questions from prescriber’s each week about the law. She said even though it may be a tough transition, its for the best.
Oland added “Just given the crisis that we’re in. Every day on the news, you’ve almost become numb to it, its such a crisis. Its a step in the right direction to sort of limit opioids and monitor the amount of opioids that are being prescribed.”
If you or someone you care for is prescribed an opioid, you should talk to your doctor about electronic prescriptions.