General Assembly approves bills empowering patients to curb possibility of opioid addiction

STATE HOUSE — The General Assembly today passed two pieces of legislation introduced by Speaker of the House Nicholas A. Mattiello (D-Dist. 15, Cranston) and Sen. Joshua Miller (D-Dist. 28, Cranston, Providence) that would empower patients to curb the possibility of opiate addiction. Both bills now head to the governor’s office.

The first bill (2018-H 7416, 2018-S 2541) would give patients the option of only partially filling their prescription for painkillers. It would allow a pharmacist to dispense a partial fill of a Schedule II controlled substance at the request of either the patient or the prescriber.

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