The new rules for buying wine and spirits in supermarkets and convenience stores are being rolled out by the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to combat the rising use of prescription painkillers by addicts and others who are trying to reduce their dependence on opiates.
A new rule was announced on Monday to clarify the limits of what can be bought for patients who need it and to allow the government to take over the distribution of drugs once they are prescribed.
It will make it illegal to buy prescription painkiller medication from retailers and pharmacies that are not licensed under the Medicare program, the largest healthcare provider for the elderly and disabled in the country, and will give the agency more control over the supply of painkillers to pharmacies.
The rules, which are being drafted by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, are being hailed as a major victory for patients and health care workers, who say the rules will save lives and save money for the US healthcare system.
The Obama administration has been trying to clamp down on the use of opiates, which have become increasingly popular in recent years and are widely available at convenience stores and supermarkets.
The move by the Trump administration will not affect the prescription drugs for which the government provides insurance subsidies under the Affordable Care Act, and can be taken advantage of by individuals and businesses without paying the full price of the prescription medication.
However, the government will be required to reimburse the pharmacies that have made the drugs available to the public for the cost of providing the drugs to consumers.
The rules will take effect from Jan. 1, 2019, and take effect for patients beginning in the second half of 2019.
The guidelines also include new rules to help states ensure that their pharmacies and other drug distribution sites comply with state regulations.
The rules are intended to ensure that the pharmacies provide accurate information about what is available to patients and how much it costs, and that they do not sell or sell in contravention of state regulations or laws.
The Department of Agriculture said the rules also require pharmacies to notify patients if they are selling or selling drugs that do not comply with laws that apply to pharmacies, including state laws that prohibit the sale of drugs to people under 21.
Under the rules, pharmacies will be able to sell only products that are in compliance with state laws.
In addition, pharmacies must ensure that they have written contracts with states that include provisions that ensure that there is no violation of laws that protect the public or the safety of consumers.
The new rules will allow states to make their own rules on what drugs are available in their states.
States must also have procedures in place to monitor the availability of medications and to enforce the rules if they fail to meet the requirements.
States can opt out of the rules.HHS will also have more power to intervene if states are not following the rules as they currently exist.
The department has been cracking down on prescription drug abuse and addiction, and the rules are designed to help prevent a rise in opioid overdoses, overdose deaths and deaths due to other conditions such as mental health problems.
Hospitals are also being given a new incentive to get people to go to treatment and to make it easier for people to get treatment, according to the new guidelines.