Updated Veterinary Opioid Prescribing and Dispensing Policy

22 May Updated Veterinary Opioid Prescribing and Dispensing Policy

On Monday, May 21, Governor John Hickenlooper signed Senate Bill 18-22 Clinical Practice for Opioid Prescribing. The bill went into effect immediately upon the Governor’s signature. This new state law limits the number of opioid pills a healthcare provider can prescribe and affects physicians, physician assistants, advanced practice registered nurses with prescriptive authority, dentists, optometrists, podiatrists, and veterinarians.


Veterinarians are unique in their prescribing because they may also be dispensing the prescribed medication. If prescribing a controlled substance using their DEA number, veterinarians are required to register and maintain an account with the Colorado PDMP. It is not required, however, to report dispensing details. If a veterinarian does not have a DEA number, there is no need to report.


Read more about the new law and regulations for opioid prescribing from the State Board of Veterinary Medicine.