New Legislation Would Limit Number Of Painkiller Pills Prescribed To First-Time Patients


New York lawmakers are considering limiting how many prescription pills patients can get on their visit to a doctor, WCBS 880 NY reports.

The bill would limit patients to a five-days worth of short-term prescription drugs like Oxycontin and Hydrocodone, which are often used to treat acute pain after surgery or dental procedures.

WCBS 880 NY says that the idea is to curb opioid abuse, which can often come about when unnecessary pills are prescribed and then left around for anyone in a household to use or sell.

Patients would have to go back to the doctor to get more medication after the initial period.



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