Representative Pelton, bill sponsor, introduced and gave opening comments on SB21-011. The bill requires pharmacists who dispense opioids to inform individuals of the potential dangers of a high dose of an opioid, and offer to dispense them an opiate antagonist if:
- the individual is also prescribed a benzodiazepine, a sedative hypnotic drug, carisoprodol, tramadol, or gabapentin; or
- the opioid prescription being dispensed is 90 morphine milligram equivalent or greater.
Pharmacists must also notify these individuals of available generic and brand-name opiate antagonists. The bill does not apply to pharmacists dispensing medication to a patient who is in hospice or palliative care, or to residents in veteran community living centers.