Pa. Gov. Wolf urges lawmakers’ fast action on opioid addiction bills

Wolf is seeking passage of bills to require prescribers to check a prescription drug monitoring database and limit opioid prescriptions

A study by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that 44% of Americans say they personally know someone who has been addicted to prescription painkillers.
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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf is addressing a joint session of the state House and Senate as he presses for action on a package of legislation designed to combat opioid and heroin addiction.

In Wolf’s address Wednesday, he says he and lawmakers are going to take a stand against the vicious disease of opioid addiction. The address comes as lawmakers’ fall voting session winds down. He says 10 people die from drug overdoses in Pennsylvania daily.

Wolf is seeking passage of bills to require prescribers to check a prescription drug monitoring database every time they prescribe opioids and limit opioid prescriptions to emergency room patients to seven days.

The limitation on emergency prescriptions is a narrower version of what passed in Massachusetts, where lawmakers limited all doctors to a seven-day limit.

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