Opioid addiction is now a reality in our community. It affects all families of all income levels and people of all ages. This disease is now an epidemic. It demands our attention at the state Capitol. Here is my three-pronged approach.
1) Prevention: This year SB 352*, is progressing through the legislative process, it would limit opioid prescriptions to seven days, except in certain circumstances. By limiting the amount of opioids available to a person between doctor’s visits, the potential for abuse and addiction goes down. The bill also allows pharmacists to dispense lifesaving narcan without a prescription, which can prevent death in the case of an opioid overdose. Both parts of this bill go hand in hand in helping prevent addiction in the first place, and helping those already addicted survive.