Boulder, Colo. (September 19, 2018) – Any provider who prescribes or dispenses opioids – doctors, advanced practice nurses, physician assistants, dentists, pharmacists, and others – faces the challenge of staying on top of the changing legal landscape as the government reacts to the opioid epidemic.

Caplan & Earnest, one of the largest health law practices in the state with unrivaled experience in Colorado legal and regulatory requirements, will host a one-hour webinar on October 9 at 10 a.m. for healthcare providers to highlight these changes.

The webinar will discuss DORA’s updated Guidelines for the Safe Prescribing & Dispensing of Opioids, which is endorsed by multiple licensing agencies, and Senate Bill 18-022, signed in May of this year, which resulted in substantive changes to various practice acts. Both DORA’s Guidelines and the new law instruct on changes that may result in a provider’s practice becoming more restrictive and conservative when prescribing or dispensing opioids.

“This is a hot topic right now,” Sheryl Bridges, special counsel in Caplan & Earnest’s health law practice, explained, referring to the opioid epidemic and the legislative response to it. “Providers who prescribe or dispense opioids need to incorporate these new expectations into their practices. There have been changes in the law and in the rules promulgated by the licensing agencies. Providers will find themselves in a difficult position if they don’t understand these revised expectations.”

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