Agencies | Governor
Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Agency
Department of Health Professions
Board
Board of Dentistry
chapter
Regulations Governing the Practice of Dentistry [18 VAC 60 ‑ 21]
Action:
Prescribing opioids for pain management
 
General Information
Action Summary Emergency regulations for dentists prescribing of medications containing opioids and for continuing education for prescribers of controlled substances are being promulgated as emergency regulations to address the opioid abuse crisis in Virginia. Regulations for the management of acute pain include requirements for the evaluation of the patient, limitations on quantity and dosage, and record-keeping. Management of chronic pain requires either referral to a pain management specialist or adherence to regulations of the Board of Medicine. All dentists who prescribe Schedule II through IV drugs will be required to take two hours of continuing education on pain management during the renewal cycle following the effective date of these regulations.
Chapters Affected Only affects this chapter.
Exempt from APA No, this action is subject to the Administrative Process Act and the standard executive branch review process.
RIS Project Yes  [005064]
 
Stages
Stages associated with this regulatory action.
Stage ID Stage Type Status
7864 Emergency/NOIRA Governor's office review in progress.
 
Contact Information
Name / Title: Sandra Reen  / Executive Director
Address: 9960 Mayland Drive
Suite 300
Richmond, VA 23233
Email Address: sandra.reen@dhp.virginia.gov
Phone: (804)367-4437    FAX: (804)527-4428    TDD: ()-

This person is the primary contact for this board.