Prescription Drugs

Governor Rick Scott Signs Opioid Legislation

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Governor Rick Scott has signed legislation to limit opioid prescriptions. Prescriptions for acute pain cases will receive up to a seven-day supply of opioid medication and enter the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program database. Rep. Jim Boyd (R-Bradenton) says this is only the beginning of a long battle.

The governor and state lawmakers are proposing new prescription limits to fight opioid abuse.  But they also want to require physicians use a long-standing drug monitoring database—raising the question, why wasn’t it mandatory to begin with?

The state senator leading the charge on opioid abuse in Florida is leaning heavily on prescription limits in a new YouTube video.  Her measure caps most prescriptions at a three day supply.

Florida’s law enforcement, emergency and mental health workers are struggling to cope with a rising tide of opioid overdoses.  Lawmakers are looking for solutions ahead of the coming year’s legislative session.

Gov. Rick Scott announced Tuesday several proposals and $50 million in funding to help address Florida's looming opioid crisis.