Alaska lawmakers pass bill to limit opioid pills prescribed

The Alaska House of Representatives passed a bill on June 22 that would limit all opioid prescriptions to a one-week supply, according a Juneau Empire report.  

The bill, which the Alaska Senate approved earlier this year, received concurrence in the House by a 29-10 margin and was sent to the state's Republican-turned-independent Gov. Bill Walker for ratification.

If signed, the law would reduce the length of opioid prescriptions from one month to one week and require physicians to use a statewide database to track opioid prescriptions, according to the report.

Mr. Walker officially declared Alaska's opioid epidemic a public health crisis in February.

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