- Associated Press - Thursday, May 12, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - Gov. Doug Ducey has signed a pair of measures designed to deter or treat addiction to opiates.

The governor signed a measure Thursday making the state’s voluntary prescription painkiller monitoring program mandatory in many instances and one easing access to an antidote drug.

Doctors will have to check a state database before prescribing opiate painkillers except in emergencies or when treating cancer or hospice patients. Senate Bill 1283 targets drug abusers who “doctor shop” to get more narcotics than they legitimately require. Ducey says the law will prevent addiction.

House Bill 2355 allows family or friends of people at risk of overdosing on opiates to obtain a drug used as an antidote without a prescription. Ducey says that gives family members tools they need to save a loved one’s life.

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