Bills to fight opioid-abuse sent to Wolf’s desk

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Lawmakers have sent a package of bills to Gov. Tom Wolf’s desk as part of an effort to fight addiction to powerful prescription painkillers.

Five separate bills won final approval Wednesday in the state House and Senate after more than a year of public hearings around the state.

The bills would limit the opioid quantities prescribed to emergency room patients to seven days and limit the opioid quantities prescribed for minors to seven days. Those limits wouldn’t apply in certain medical situations.

The legislation also would require when prescribers to check the state’s prescription drug monitoring database every time before they prescribe opioids, and require them to update it within 24 hours. That’s instead of the current 72-hour requirement for prescribing to first-time patients.

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