On October 24, 2018, President Trump signed HR 6, the “Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment (SUPPORT) for Patients and Communities Act”. The bill was a comprehensive attempt to respond to the pervasive opioid epidemic with which state and local governments have been coping for years.
Last year alone, the opioid epidemic accounted for over 8,000 drug overdose deaths in Arizona. To battle this crisis, Arizona policy makers passed more stringent laws addressing opioid medication access. How do these new laws benefit Arizona and impact Arizona pharmacists?