Legislature advances bill to limit opioid prescriptions, others to address opioid 'epidemic'

The Advocate - State lawmakers are advancing legislation that takes aim at Louisiana's escalating opioid epidemic.

The House Health and Welfare Committee on Wednesday unanimously agreed to send legislation that would limit most first-time opioid prescriptions to a seven-day supply, and lawmakers took a step toward establishing an advisory panel to help coordinate the state's prevention and education efforts in response to the drug.

"We've done a lot of work over the past several years to address this crisis," said state Rep. Helena Moreno, a New Orleans Democrat who is sponsoring the prescription-limiting House Bill 192. "Obviously, a lot more needs to be done."