Laws and Policies
Prescription Guidelines – Graphic Summary
This chart outlines the new guidelines and checkpoints put in place for before a patient is put on a chronic regimen of opioids.
FAQ for Prescribers and Dispensers
This list of FAQs covers prescription limits, the use of ICD-10 Code and exemptions, and other common questions about the TN Together prescribing limits.
Pain Management Guidelines for Medical Practitioners
A guide from the Tennessee Department of Health on clinical practice guidelines for outpatient management of chronic pain.
Public Chapter 1039
Public Chapter 1039 focuses on prevention and treatment. This legislation limits the duration and dosage of opioid prescriptions for new patients, with reasonable exceptions for major surgical procedures and exemptions that include cancer and hospice treatment, sickle cell disease as well as treatment in certain licensed facilities. With initial opioid prescriptions limited to a 3-day supply, Tennessee will have one of the most strict and aggressive opioid policies in the nation.
Public Chapter 1040
Public Chapter 1040 addresses the law enforcement. This legislation creates incentives for offenders to complete intensive substance use treatment programs while incarcerated and updating the schedule of controlled substances to better track, monitor and penalize the use and unlawful distribution of opioids. Notably, it adds synthetic versions of the drug fentanyl, linked to an alarming number of overdose deaths, to the controlled substance schedules.