Pennsylvania – Since opioid prescriptions and especially opioid addiction has changed over the past few decades, Pennsylvania has updated its laws on how those medications are prescribed.

House Bill 353, which was enacted earlier this week, requires opioids to be prescribed electronically. Rep. Tedd Nesbit (a Republican from Mercer and Butler Counties) was the prime sponsor of the bill.

The prescriptions are now tracked through an electronic database. Nesbit says this will still allow people who legitimately need the medications to continue getting their prescriptions, but it will become more difficult to pass a fake prescription.

Paper prescriptions have a history of being able to be forged, and lawmakers hope that this helps to solve the problem.

The bill amends and updates a law originally passed in 1972.

Although the prescriptions were always tracked, lawmakers say it just makes sense to track them electronically with today’s technology.