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Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: March 22, 2017 03:50 PM
From: Representative Ed Neilson
To: All House members
Subject: Limiting Opioid Prescriptions
In the near future, I plan to introduce legislation that would limit the prescription of a controlled substance containing an opioid to no more than seven days unless there is a medical emergency that puts the patient’s health or safety at risk. Similar legislation has already been introduced in the Senate.

As part of the efforts of the PA HOPE Caucus, several pieces of legislation to address the heroin and opioid addiction epidemic were passed by the General Assembly and signed into law by Governor Wolf last session. Part of that legislative package was Act 125 of 2016, which limited the prescription of opioids to minors for no more than seven days, with certain exceptions. My legislation would expand that limit to all individuals to continue the ongoing fight against this crisis in Pennsylvania.

Please consider joining me in co-sponsoring this important legislation.