SB18-022 (Tate & Aguilar/Pettersen & Kennedy) Clinical Practice for Opioid Prescribing

Originally Posted: January 19, 2018
Last Updated: May 11, 2018


This bill restricts the number of opioid pills that a health care provider may prescribe for an initial prescription to a 7-day supply and one refill for a 7-day supply, with certain exceptions. It also requires health care practitioners to query a database listing previous opioid prescriptions that patients have received before prescribing the first refill prescription for an opioid.


The Children’s Campaign supports this bill as one approach to ensuring appropriate opioid prescribing, which can help to reduce opioid addictions that have become a serious problem in families and communities across the state. Drug overdose is one of the most common cause of maternal mortality in Colorado and reducing the number of parents who are addicted to opioids helps those parents provide the care that they want to be able to provide for their children.

Current Status

Passed the House on a bipartisan vote of 40-25 and now heads to the governor’s desk for signature

Previous Statuses

January 19, 2018

Assigned to the Senate Health & Human Services Committee, where it will be heard on Thursday, Feb. 1 at 1:30 p.m. in Room 354

April 6, 2018

Assigned to the House Health, Insurance, & Environment Committee, where it is scheduled to be heard on Thursday, Apr. 12 at 1:30 p.m. in Room 0107

May 4, 2018

Passed the House Health, Insurance, & Environment Committee on a bipartisan vote of 9-4 and now heads to the House floor for debate.