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Opioid prescription bill clears West Virginia House

The Register-Herald

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The House of Delegates passed 97-1 Thursday a comprehensive bill to crack down on the state’s opioid epidemic.

Senate Bill 273, originally proposed by Gov. Jim Justice, would limit the initial amount of opioid drugs that can be prescribed at a time to most patients, and require a practitioner to reassess the patient before making additional prescriptions.

“The scourge of opioid addiction has wreaked havoc on our state, and this bill is an attempt to limit the supply of these drugs on our streets,” said House Speaker Tim Armstead, R-Kanawha.

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