Opioid-Related Policies in Utah

Good Samaritan Law (House Bill 11)

This law enables bystanders to report an overdose without fear of criminal prosecution for illegal possession of a controlled substance or illicit drug.

Naloxone Law (House Bill 119)

This law permits physicians to prescribe naloxone to third parties (someone who is usually a caregiver or a potential bystander to a person at risk for an overdose) and permits individuals to administer naloxone without legal liability.

Utah Naloxone Standing Order

Allows pharmacists to distribute Naloxone to a third-party without a prescription (See Standing Order).

Partial-Fill Law (House Bill 146)

The Utah Division of Medicaid and Health Financing (Utah Medicaid) has restricted the initial fill of short-acting opiates for prescribers to a 7-day supply; 3-day supply for dental providers.

Medication-Assisted Treatment

Utah Medicaid provides coverage for opioid treatment program (OTP) services, such as medication-assisted treatment including methadone, suboxone, and naltrexone.

Prescription Drug Monitoring Program

Utah’s prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP), the Controlled Substance Database, uses a patient dashboard to track the prescribing and dispensing of controlled substances, including opioids.

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