Research Reports: Research Brief ReportHow Are Telehealth Laws Intersecting With Laws Addressing the Opioid Overdose Epidemic?Pepin, Dawn JD, MPH; Hulkower, Rachel JD, MSPH; McCord, Russell F. JDAuthor Information Center for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support (Drs Pepin and Hulkower) and National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (Dr McCord), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia. Correspondence: Dawn Pepin, JD, MPH, Center for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 4770 Buford Hwy, MS V18-4, Atlanta, GA 30341 (email@example.com). The authors declare no conflicts of interest. This document was coauthored by Cherokee Nation Assurance contractors in the Public Health Law Program (PHLP) in the Center for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This document was supported by an appointment to the Research Participation Program at the CDC administered by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education through an interagency agreement between the US Department of Energy and the CDC (as to R. McCord's contribution). The findings and conclusions in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of CDC. For further information, please contact PHLP at firstname.lastname@example.org. Journal of Public Health Management and Practice: May/June 2020 - Volume 26 - Issue 3 - p 227-231 doi: 10.1097/PHH.0000000000001036 Buy Metrics Abstract Opioid-involved drug overdose deaths have been a growing concern in the United States for several decades. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention identified several strategies to address the opioid overdose epidemic, including increased availability of and access to medication-assisted treatment and guidance on safer opioid prescribing practices. Telehealth offers the potential for increasing access and availability to these strategies, and laws governing telehealth have implications for their utilization. To understand how state telehealth laws intersect with the opioid overdose epidemic, we conducted a legal mapping study, a type of legal epidemiological assessment, of statutes and regulations that intersect at telehealth and opioids. This search yielded 28 laws from 17 states. These laws intersect both telehealth and the opioid overdose epidemic in different ways including prescribing limitations, opioid treatment through medication and counseling, patient plan review, and professional collaboration. Continued legal and policy surveillance is needed to be able to evaluate the impact of law in addressing opioid overdose outcomes. Copyright © 2020 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.