New Drug Law

Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood calls the drugs 'highly dangerous and addictive.' They are pain killers and muscle relaxers that contain at least one of two substances. These substances are called carisoprodol and tramadol or 'Soma,' and 'Ultam,' for short.

'Those are drugs that have become more abused," says Tim Moore, who is the director for the pharmacy at Anderson South. 'So the state of Mississippi, in the best interest of our public and our citizens, they have restricted that and moved that into a controlled substance category as opposed to being just a prescription.'

Moore says the purpose for the new law is to reduce abuse.

'For some people once they get on it they like it. It's just like tasting pie. It taste good and they want to keep on going you know," says Moore.

However, with the new law patients access to these prescription drugs will become more limited.

'They will be limited on those refills and the time duration that you can get those refills," says Moore. 'No doubt, there will probably be some situations where if someone has chronic pain that they're going to have for the rest of their life, then probably these prescriptions are not going to be the drugs that they get left with. The doctor, with his best decision, will try to prescribe something that will allow for relief.'

For people who already have prescriptions for these drugs, Moore says those will be honored, but from here on out, all new prescriptions for these drugs will be limited.

Under the new law, the maximum amount of these drugs that a doctor can prescribe to a patient during a single visit will be a six month supply. After that prescription is filled, the patient must wait at least another six months to fill a new prescription.