The new prescription drug rules

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) Governor Paul LePage's administration says they will not enforce new opioid prescribing rules until March, to give Maine's medical community more time to understand the rules.

A new law that became effective last summer strengthened the state's prescription monitoring program to curb the opioid epidemic. As of Sunday prescribers are required to run patient's names when first prescribing an opioid or benzodiazepine. The law also includes limits like a 30-day supply of opioids for chronic pain. The state recently says it won't enforce civil penalties until October, and that it won't report instances of noncompliance until March. The Maine Medical Association requested the grace period.