|Posted:||July 20, 2016 04:39 PM|
|From:||Senator Gene Yaw|
|To:||All Senate members|
|Subject:||Prescribing Opioids to Patients|
|Earlier this month, I introduced legislation to address the increasing risk of children becoming addicted to opioids and heroin after being prescribed painkillers for medical procedures. I plan on introducing a similar bill that will apply for all patients, regardless of age.
The legislation will require a health care professional to receive written consent from a patient in order to prescribe a medical treatment containing opioids, as well as to discuss the risks of addiction and dangers of an overdose associated with the medication.
The bill would limit the prescription for a controlled substance containing an opioid to seven-days unless there is a medical emergency that puts the patients’ 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 SB1349