Pa. Senate Passes Bill to Limit Opioid Prescriptions
The bill, intended to curb the opioid epidemic, now heads to the House.
The Pennsylvania State Senate has passed a bill that would further limit how opioids are prescribed by doctors, as part of a package of legislation to combat the opioid epidemic.
One bill would limit opioid painkiller prescriptions to seven days for all adults. In 2016, lawmakers limited prescriptions to seven days for minors and emergency room patients. The bill includes exceptions for patients who undergo major surgery, or if a physician determines a longer prescription is medically necessary.
According to the Post-Gazette, the Pennsylvania Medical Society opposes the bill, saying it "takes the decision-making out of the hands of physicians."
Last month, a study conducted by researchers at Penn State and other universities found that unused prescriptions by friends and family were the most common route to opioid addiction . The researchers said their findings underscored the importance of secure drug drop-off locations so that patients can safely dispose of their unused or expired medication. Earlier this year, several Giant Eagle locations started offering permanent Take Back Boxes .