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Opioid Bills Head To Governor Snyder's Desk

Dec 14, 2017

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Legislation aimed at curbing the state’s opioid crisis is on its way to the governor.

The goal of the legislation is to stop doctor shopping and pill mills.  The bills put new limits and requirements on people trying to get certain prescriptions.  One bill would require patients show a relationship with the physician who prescribes their opiates.  

Democratic Senator Steve Bieda is a bill sponsor.  He says requiring a relationship will help prevent “doctor shopping.”

“You’ve got some doctors that are maybe less scrupulous than most doctors are, and you start to have a lot of these drugs enter the system.”

The bipartisan legislation would also require that doctors check a registry to see a patient’s prescription history.

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—Cheyna Roth is a reporter for the Michigan Public Radio network.  Contact WEMU News at 734.487.3363 or email us at studio@wemu.org