Bill that could heavily regulate opioid painkillers in Wyoming causes concerns

CASPER — One Wyoming doctor is concerned about a potential new law that would heavily regulate the prescription of opioid painkillers in the state.

Anne MacGuire, a rheumatology doctor based in Casper and a member of the state Board of Medicine, said she was alarmed by the bill because it could lead to many patients simply going without necessary pain medication.

The Legislative Service Office does not release bill drafts without the permission of the lawmaker who is sponsoring it, but MacGuire said it would require anyone prescribing opioids in Wyoming to search each patient in a state database before writing a new prescription. If a doctor fails to do so, her license would be revoked.