Arizona governor signs opioid crackdown legislation

Gov. Doug Ducey of Arizona on Friday signed into law legislation intended to crack down on opioid abuse. The legislation includes new regulations that will limit initial opioid prescriptions to 5 days and set a maximum of 30 days for certain patients receiving highly addictive analgesics.

Gov. Doug Ducey of Arizona on Friday signed into law legislation intended to crack down on opioid abuse. The legislation includes new regulations that will limit initial opioid prescriptions to 5 days and set a maximum of 30 days for certain patients receiving highly addictive analgesics. Other measures call for $10 million to be spent treating opioid abusers who are underinsured and ineligible for Medicaid. Another provision holds harmless those reporting potential overdoses. Ducey called the package a comprehensive model for other states looking to address what has become a nationwide crisis The plan was unanimously approved by state lawmakers late on Thursday. Despite the unanimous final vote, some lawmakers expressed concern about the unintended consequences of the state becoming more involved in doctor-patient issues, fearing it may hurt individuals needing opioids.