Leges take on opioid epidemic

The Independent - House Bill 192, by Rep. Helena Moreno, D-New Orleans, would prevent doctors from issuing first-time opioid prescriptions for acute pain for longer than one week. After seven days, patients would have to request a new prescription.

Doctors would also have to discuss the risks of opioid medications with their patients and give them the option to reduce the length of the prescription, under the proposed law.

“There are more prescriptions for opioids in Louisiana than there are people,” saied Moreno. “This has become an epidemic.”