Massachusetts Senate approves bill to limit painkiller prescriptions to a weeks supply

MASSACHUSETTS (NEWS10) – The Massachusetts State Senate has signed off on an effort to stem the state’s deadly opioid addiction. This bill is now headed to Governor Charlie Baker’s desk.

The senate approved the bill Thursday that would limit initial painkiller prescriptions to a seven-day supply and would allow patients to request partial refills.

It also requires a 24 hour evaluation period for overdose victims in hospital emergency rooms.

The measure now needs formal enactment votes in each chamber before heading to Governor Baker’s desk.

Baker is expected to sign it when he comes back from vacation.

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