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?
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.