- Associated Press - Friday, May 20, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The Rhode Island Senate has passed a bill it hopes will curb the supply of addictive painkillers by setting limits on opioid prescriptions.

The Providence Journal (https://bit.ly/1XnMzIe ) reports that the legislation was among nearly a dozen bills approved Thursday by the Senate aimed at combating opioid abuse.

Sen. Joshua Miller introduced the bill to limit opioids from being prescribed to treat acute pain from injuries or surgeries.

The limits wouldn’t apply to treatment of chronic pain.

The Cranston Democrat says most prescription drugs that cause overdoses aren’t acquired through the black market but through legal prescriptions or from relatives or friends.

The Rhode Island bill differs from a new Massachusetts law because the limits would be based on dosages rather than days. It’s meant to provide more flexibility to doctors.

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Information from: The Providence Journal, https://www.providencejournal.com


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