- Associated Press - Thursday, November 5, 2015

BOSTON (AP) - Massachusetts prosecutors are throwing their support to Gov. Charlie Baker’s legislative plan to tackle opioid abuse.

The Massachusetts District Attorneys Association sent a letter of support for the proposals Thursday to the chairs of the Joint Committee on Mental Health and Substance Abuse and other legislative leaders.

Baker proposes restricting patients to a three-day supply of painkillers the first time they are prescribed an opioid drug, or when they receive a prescription from a new doctor.

He’s also proposed giving medical professionals the authority to commit a patient for substance abuse treatment if they pose a danger, among other things.

The proposals have prompted concerns from physicians’ groups and civil libertarians.

Massachusetts had an estimated 1,250 deaths from opioid overdoses in 2014, about triple the number from five years ago.

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