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Legal Resources – Provider Resources

Information for providers on Michigan-specific and national opioid-related laws and regulations.

Michigan Opioid-Related Laws & Regulations


Access the Required Start Talking Form

  • Click here to access information on PA 246 which requires prescribers to provide opioid education using the start talking form and find multiple versions of the opioid start talking form including in Arabic and Spanish.

Establishing a “Bona Fide” Patient-Provider Relationship


As required by Public Act 247 of 2017, Michigan prescribers must be in a bona fide prescriber-patient relationship prior to prescribe Schedules 2-5 controlled substances for more than 7 days. As stated in the Public Act 101 of 2018, the effective date for the bona fide prescriber-patient relationship is required by 3/31/19.

Please refer to the Public Act 249 of 2017 for sanctions for failing to comply with the new MAPS usage mandates, failure to establish bona fide prescriber-patient relationships, and failure to inform patients regarding the risks associated with prescription opioid drugs.

Patient-Provider Pain Management Agreement

A pain management agreement is designed to establish a bona fide patient-provider relationship. This agreement can be used for ongoing use of opiate (Narcotic) medication(s) aimed to protect the patient’s access to controlled substances and protect the physician’s ability to prescribe.

For more information, visit the Tools for Opioid Prescribing & Pain Management Agreements section of this toolkit.

Download a Michigan specific sample Word template now:

Sample Pain Management Agreement

  • Edit this sample agreement as needed to use in your clinical practice.


FAQs About Pain Management Agreements and Informed Consent

Michigan Automated Prescription System (MAPS)

Please refer to the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) website on MAPS for the most up-to-date information on Michigan safety opioid prescribing laws.

MI Automated Prescription System (MAPS)

  • Click here to access information on a tool used by prescribers and dispensers to track controlled substances, manage patient risk and prevent drug abuse and diversion.
  • Create an account or log in to MAPS

Download a MAPS Poster for your office or clinic

  • Display this MAPS poster in your office to inform patients why you check their history in MAPS before prescribing opioid pain relievers.

Understanding NarxCare Scores

  • NarxCare scores is a non-validated tool utilized by MAPS to evaluate patient risk of overdose. Click here for information on interpreting NarxCare scores.


Disclaimer: Note that NarxCare scores have not been previously validated.

Informed Consent


Nonopioid Directives

LARA: Nonopioid Directives

National Summary by State of Opioid-Related Laws & Regulations


Prescription Drug Abuse Policy System

  • Click on this link to access the Prescription Drug Abuse Policy website which is funded by The National Institute on Drug Abuse to track key state laws related to prescription drug abuse.

For more information on opioid-related laws and polices, tailored toward patients and families: