Lawmakers Creating More Laws Aimed at Prescription Pain Killers

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A slate of bills aimed at curbing rampant opioid addiction and abuse will head to the governor’s desk. The six bills are designed to curb opioid abuse by reducing the number of pain pills health care professionals prescribe, including limiting those used for medication-assisted treatment to wean addicts off opioids.

The bills sailed through the Virginia Senate and House of Delegates this session and will head to the governor’s desk, at which time Gov. Terry McAuliffe will have seven days to sign or veto the legislation. A bill to limit opioid prescriptions to seven days worth of pills except for cancer patients, those with chronic pain or patients receiving palliative or hospice care, will also head to the governor.