Pain Warriors Unite - (202) 792-5600
State Prescribing Laws - NCSL
Opioid Regulations by State -- Athena Health
The section below is current as of October 26, 2018.
In partnership with CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, PHLP created menus summarizing some of the legal strategies states have used to address prescription drug misuse, abuse, and overdose.
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Learn more about prescription drug overdose on
CDC’s Injury Prevention & Controlpage.
View CQ StateTrack reports on recent legal developments concerning opioids:
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Centers for Disease Control information on the opioid epidemic.Centers for Disease Control
DEA’s 360 Strategy responds to the heroin and prescription opioid pill crisis with a three-pronged strategy: Law Enforcement, Diversion, and Community Outreach.Drug Enforcement Administration
National Institute of Health's National Institute on Drug Abuse information on opioid use and addiction.National Institute on Drug Abuse – National Institutes of Health
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services offers information on prevention, treatment, and recovery.U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Autofill Limits and Decreasing Opioid Counts
Trump Administration's Opioid Progress
The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
Hubert H. Humphrey Building
200 Independence Avenue, S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20201
Toll Free Call Center: 1-877-696-6775
Energy Assistance (LIHEAP)
Health Insurance (HealthCare.gov)
Public Health Departments (States and Territories)
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's mission is to produce evidence to make health care safer, higher quality, more accessible, equitable, and affordable, and to work within HHS and with other partners to make sure that the evidence is understood and used.
Assistant Secretary for Health (ASH)
ASH advises on the nation's public health and oversees HHS' U.S. Public Service (PHS) for the Secretary.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, part of the Public Health Service, protects the public health of the nation by providing leadership and direction in the prevention and control of diseases and other preventable conditions, and responding to public health emergencies.
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Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services combines the oversight of the Medicare program, the federal portion of the Medicaid program and State Children's Health Insurance Program, the Health Insurance Marketplace, and related quality assurance activities.
Departmental Appeals Board (DAB)
DAB provides impartial review of disputed legal decisions involving HHS.
Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
The Food and Drug Administration, part of the Public Health Service, ensures that food is safe, pure, and wholesome; human and animal drugs, biological products, and medical devices are safe and effective; and electronic products that emit radiation are safe.
Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
The Health Resources and Services Administration, part of the Public Health Service, provides health care to people who are geographically isolated, economically or medically vulnerable.
Immediate Office of the Secretary (IOS)
IOS oversees the Secretary’s operations and coordinates the Secretary’s work.
Indian Health Service (IHS)
The Indian Health Service, part of the Public Health Service, provides American Indians and Alaska Natives with comprehensive health services by developing and managing programs to meet their health needs.
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
The National Institutes of Health, part of the Public Health Service, supports biomedical and behavioral research with the United States and abroad, conducts research in its own laboratories and clinics, trains promising young researchers, and promotes collecting and sharing medical knowledge.
Office for Civil Rights (OCR)
OCR ensures that individuals receiving services from HHS-conducted or -funded programs are not subject to unlawful discrimination, that individuals and entities can exercise their conscience rights and religious freedom, and that individuals can access and trust the privacy and security of their health information.
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Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
ADA law is enforced by agencies like the Department of Justice and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Many disability advocacy groups like the American Association of People with Disabilities or the National Organization on Disability advocate for implementation of the law.
The ADA is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and all public and private places that are open to the general public.
The ADA law does prohibit discrimination against individuals with disabilities who have chronic pain, as well as people in recovery from opioid and substance use disorders. People with disabilities who use medically prescribed opioids for pain cannot be discriminated against in access to employment and government programs, for example. However, the ADA law does not address the prescribing decisions of doctors.
The National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) Chronic Pain/ Opioids Task Force has written a letter about chronic pain to U.S. senators and representatives that has been signed by many organizations:
In this letter, the organizations push back against one size fits all policy making approach to prescribing, unintended consequences that risk patient safety, and the need for comprehensive care. This letter does an excellent job describing the policy issues related to pain and opioid use and is recommended reading.
A description of Self-Advocacy and the materials and links on this page.
A description of the Americans with Disabilities Act, its history, and each part of the Act.
Information and materials you and other self-advocates can use to explain and understand Olmstead, Medicaid Waivers, and other concepts.
Five Minutes of Olmstead Podcasts.
Find Olmstead, Advocacy, Medicaid and other resources in your state.
The best websites on Olmstead and related information
Link to Contact Your: State PDMP
District of Columbia