Governor Henry McMaster signed nine new bills into law Monday morning to address the ongoing opioid crisis.
The legislation includes a requirement that doctors speak with minors to educate them before prescribing. Another bill requires anyone representing himself as an addiction counselor to be licensed by LLR. There’s also a seven-day limit on the initial prescription of opioids for acute pain management.
The event, called “Combating the Opioid Epidemic,” took place at the Phoenix Center in Greenville. Representatives from the Governor’s Office explained the Phoenix Center was chosen because of the great work it does every day fighting opioid abuse.
In December, the Governor declared a statewide public health emergency for the opioid crisis. He said there were 615 deaths because of opioids in 2016. He signed an executive order that limited the number of prescription drugs state health officials and doctors were allowed to give. Since then, patients under the state healthcare plan have only been receiving enough medication for a week.
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