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Last Of Bills From Michigan Opioid Crisis Response Package Goes Into Effect

Jul 2, 2018

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Michigan patients now have less access to opioids for severe pain.  This is the final law to take effect in a package of bills signed last year.


Last year, lawmakers put together a package of legislation aimed at making opioids less available to the public.  They said it would help decrease the likelihood of addiction.  

The last bill went into effect this week.  It prevents doctors from prescribing patients more than a 7-day supply of opioids for acute pain.  Doctors also can only refill prescription after 7 days have passed.  

Governor Rick Snyder says lawmakers are looking at additional bills to help curb opioid addiction.

“I’m proud of what we’ve gotten done, but this is an ongoing question.”

Snyder says a task force is currently looking at what other states are doing around the country to figure out best practices.

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—Cheyna Roth is a reporter for the Michigan Public Radio network.  Contact WEMU News at 734.487.3363 or email us at studio@wemu.org