So how is SB 1 working?

The Legislature’s Executive Board determined the top issue among lawmakers for the 2016 interim was use of opioids. A study panel chaired by Sen. Jim White, R-Huron, recommended action for the 2017 session.

One result was lawmakers passing Senate Bill 1 that Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed into law.

Among its changes were:

Increasing the frequency of reporting to the prescription drug monitoring program, from weekly to every 24 hours;

Linking the central repository to electronic health records so providers could “seamlessly” access data; and

Requiring people licensed in South Dakota to prescribe or dispense controlled drugs and substances to register with the prescription drug monitoring program.

So how is that working out?

Registration in South Dakota’s prescription drug monitoring program as of Sept. 12 was at 82 percent of controlled-substance registration holders.

That’s according to the Sept. 13 meeting minutes for South Dakota’s prescription opioid abuse advisory committee.

The numbers: 3,678 were enrolled and 798 remained to be registered.

A second reminder letter was planned, the minutes said.

UPDATE: As of October 11th , 88 percent of controlled substance registration holders have enrolled in the monitoring program, with 3966 enrolled and 559 remaining, according to Derrick Haskins, communications director for state government’s Department of Health.

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