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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session


Posted: June 27, 2016 01:15 PM
From: Senator Gene Yaw
To: All Senate members
Subject: Prescribing Opioids to Minors
In the near future, I intend to introduce legislation that will address the increasing risk of children becoming addicted to opioids and heroin after being prescribed painkillers for medical procedures.

My legislation will require a health care professional to receive written consent from a minor’s parent or legal guardian in order to prescribe a medical treatment containing opioids, as well as to discuss the risks of addiction and dangers of overdose associated with the medication.

The bill would also limit the prescription for a controlled substance containing an opioid to a seven-day duration unless there is a medical emergency that puts the child’s health or safety at risk.

This legislation is part of a comprehensive approach to fighting the ongoing heroin and opioid addiction crisis in Pennsylvania.

I hope you will join me in co-sponsoring this important legislation.

Introduced as SB1347