State House Passes Bill Reducing Number Of Opioid Pills Per-Prescription

Published: May. 23, 2017 at 9:31 PM AKDT
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The Alaska State House of Representatives have passed a bill that would reduce the number of opioid pills that could be allowed in one prescription.

It passed by a vote of 25 to 8, and now goes to the Senate for consideration.

The measure is in connection with the Governor's declaration of a disaster because of the opioid epidemic in the state.

Prescriptions for drugs containing opiates are usually limited to no more than 30 days.

The bill would reduce that to seven days.

Representative Ivy Spohnholz of Anchorage said over 90 Alaskans died of drug overdoses last year, with two-thirds of those being from prescription opioids.

"Alaska's working really hard to respond to our opioid epidemic.

Through community coalitions, action by our citizens, and most recently we passed house bill 91, which was signed into law in March.

It authorizes access to the lifesaving nakatone lifesaving rescue kits and nearly 5,000 of those have been distributed throughout the state over the last two months, which is fantastic.

However, those kits can save lives, but they can't really solve this problem. They're just for resuscitation.

What we need to do is get to the root of the problem."