Arizona Introduces Revised Statutes Relating to Controlled Substances, Chronic Intractable Pain

SAP Partners | <b>International Pain Foundation (iPain)</b>

Arizona introduced revisions to a bill that provides protections for patients with chronic intractable pain, which passed unanimously from the Senate Health Committee to the full Senate and will go the House Health Committee for vote in the coming weeks.

Gold Canyon, Arizona – Senator Nancy Barto recently introduced revisions to the ARS Section 32-3248.01 bill, titled SB1162, that will improve access to care, give physicians the ability to treat their patients as medically appropriate, and give confirm that providers and their state governing boards have oversight on appropriate treatment for these patients.

The amendment was passed with a unanimous vote of 8-0 from the Senate Health Committee to the full Senate and will go the House Health Committee for vote in the coming weeks.

The Arizona Amendment to Section 32-3248.01, Arizona Revised Statutes; Relating to Controlled Substances defines chronic intractable pain and gives providers and patients with this health challenge an exemption from ARS Section 32-3248.01 medication prescribing laws that came about after the 2016 CDC guidelines were released.

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