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News Circular Letter: DHCQ 17-1-668 Implementation of the STEP Law: Voluntary Non-Opioid Directive Form

1/24/2017
  • Drug Control Program
  • Bureau of Health Care Safety and Quality
  • Bureau of Health Professions Licensure

Circular letter

To: Acute Care Hospitals; Long-Term Care Facility Administrators; Massachusetts Controlled
Substance Registrants; Ambulance Services and their Emergency Medical Services Personnel;
Substance Use Treatment Providers; Licensed Nurses

From: Eric Sheehan, Director, Bureau of Health Care Safety and Quality
James Lavery, Director, Bureau of Health Professions Licensure

CC: Allison F. Bauer, JD, LICSW, Director, Bureau of Substance Abuse Services

Date: January 24, 2017

Re: Implementation of the STEP Law: Voluntary Non-Opioid Directive Form

Additional Resources for Circular Letter: DHCQ 17-1-668 Implementation of the STEP Law: Voluntary Non-Opioid Directive Form

Drug Control Program 

We promote access to safe and effective pharmaceutical care services in Massachusetts. We work to protect consumers against fraud, deception, and unsafe practices in the distribution, handling, and use of pharmaceuticals and medical devices.

Bureau of Health Care Safety and Quality 

BHCSQ promotes, preserves, and protects the health of all people in the Commonwealth by ensuring an optimal health care delivery system that provides safe, effective, high-quality care.

Bureau of Health Professions Licensure 

BHPL oversees the licensing of health care professionals in the state of Massachusetts.

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