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PDFWAC 246-919-865

Patient notification, secure storage, and disposal.

(1) The physician shall ensure the patient is provided the following information at the first issuance of a prescription for opioids and at the transition from acute to subacute, and subacute to chronic:
(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) This requirement may be satisfied with a document provided by the department of health.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.71.017, 18.71.800, 18.71A.800 and 2017 c 297. WSR 18-23-061, ยง 246-919-865, filed 11/16/18, effective 1/1/19.]
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