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WAC 246-840-4651

Patient notification, secure storage, and disposal.

(1) The practitioner shall provide information to the patient educating them of:
(a) Risks associated with the use of opioids as appropriate to the medical condition, the type of patient, and the phase of treatment;
(b) The safe and secure storage of opioid prescriptions; and
(c) The proper disposal of unused opioid medications including, but not limited to, the availability of recognized drug take-back programs.
(2) The practitioner shall document such notification in the patient record.
(3) Patient notification must occur, at a minimum, at the following points of treatment:
(a) The first issuance of a prescription for an opioid; and
(b) The transition between phases of treatment, as follows:
(i) Acute nonoperative pain or acute perioperative pain to subacute pain; and
(ii) Subacute pain to chronic pain.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.79.800 and 2017 c 297. WSR 18-20-086, ยง 246-840-4651, filed 10/1/18, effective 11/1/18.]
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