Florida governor to propose 3-day opioid prescription limits in 2018

Republican Gov. Rick Scott, R, on Tuesday shared his plans to propose three-day prescription limits for opioid medications during Florida's 2018 legislative session.

The governer said he would also allocate $50 million in funds to address the state's opioid overdose crisis as part of the state's recommended budget for 2018-2019. Part of the $50 million would be used to fund drug treatment programs, recovery services and law enforcement efforts. The three-day prescription limit would apply to opioids like OxyContin, Percocet and Vicodin. However, prescriptions could be extended to seven days for certain conditions.

"As I travel the state, I have met many families who are dealing with the heartache of drug addiction," Mr. Scott said. "These proposals will make a major impact on limiting the chance of drug addiction, reducing the ability for dangerous drugs to spread in our communities, giving vulnerable Floridians the support they need and ensuring our hardworking law enforcement officers have the resources to protect Floridians."

The governor's office plans to release more details about the proposed legislation over the coming weeks.

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