New laws for opiate prescriptions take effect in Michigan on Friday

(WXYZ) – If you rely on opiates to treat your chronic pain, get ready for changes to how you get your prescription. Beginning Friday, June 1, new laws, signed by Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, will go into effect to address opioid abuse.

Dr. Michelle Schrieber is the chief quality officer for Henry Ford Health System, and said that they have been prepping for the new rules for months.

Going forward, before any patient is prescribed more than a 3-day supply of a controlled substance, doctors need to first consult a state database that tracks a patient’s medication history.