Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer recently signed into a law a bill that aims to reduce fraudulent prescriptions and combat opioid abuse.
Under the law, doctors will be required to send all prescriptions through a secure computer system, which means only a doctor can issue prescriptions.
By using an electronic system, there will be a reduction in the number of prescription errors caused by illegible handwriting, a reduction in forged prescriptions, and inappropriate prescribing of opioids and other medical errors will be detected.
The system also will reduce doctor shopping, the practice of getting narcotic prescriptions from multiple doctors, according to studies.
“The coronavirus pandemic has not paused the opioid epidemic. The drug crisis continues to claim the lives of users across Michigan,” state Rep. Joe Bellino (R-Wayne and Monroe counties), who wrote the bill, said. “If we want to see progress, we must hold doctors and bad actors accountable.”
Bellino is a recovering addict and has made a commitment to address the opioid crisis.
He sponsored many opioid-reform policies during the 2017-18 term. In addition, he supports measures requiring doctors to consult the Michigan Automated Prescription System before prescribing opioids to verify a patient has not shown any signs of being an abuser.