Combating the Opioid Crisis Weekly Briefing From Office of Pam Bondi
January 12th, 2018 | last Update: 3 months ago
posted by C. Batchelor
Florida’s 2018 Legislative Session is underway and already life-saving legislation to curb the national opioid crisis passed a key House committee. This week, HB 21 unanimously passed the House Health Quality Subcommittee. The bill, sponsored by State Representative Jim Boyd, aims to stop opioid addiction before it begins.
This bill limits the initial prescription pill amounts for opioid-based painkillers in most acute pain cases. Limiting the length of time of an initial opioid prescription decreases the chances of addiction.
HB 21 also requires that medical professionals check the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program database before writing a script for a powerful painkiller. This step will help prevent doctor shopping, keeping deadly opioids off our streets.
It is still early in the legislative session, but I am encouraged by the passage of HB 21 this first week. The companion bill, sponsored by State Senator Lizbeth Benacquisto, was also workshopped in a committee meeting this week.
I want to personally thank Senator Benacquisto and Representative Boyd for sponsoring this life-saving legislation. I also want to thank each member of the House Health Quality Subcommittee for voting unanimously to pass HB 21.
Working together this Session, we can strengthen protection for patients and help save lives in Florida.