During today’s session of the House, State Representatives Terrie Wood (R-141) voted to advance legislation they cosponsored aimed at helping curb the opioid addiction and overdose epidemic facing the state.

“The far-reaching tragedy of opioid abuse and overdose has a tremendous impact nationwide, and nowhere more so than right in our state and our communities,” said Rep. Wood.  “It has left broken lives and shattered families in its wake.  The bill we advanced today won’t end that, but it does take important and significant steps toward changing the way we prescribe opioid medications in this state, and how they are dispensed.  One of the keys to stemming this crisis is to minimize the opportunities for these medications to be abused, and to keep them from the hands of those who would exploit or abuse them.”

The bill, HB 7052, An Act Preventing Prescription Opioid Diversion and Abuse, requires prescriptions for controlled substances to be transmitted electronically to a pharmacy.  It also includes provisions introduced by Rep. Wood earlier in the session that further reduce an initial supply of prescription opioid drugs, and require physicians, when prescribing opioids, to discuss with their patients, rather than only with minors, the risks associated with opioid drug use.

The bill also allows certain registered nurses to destroy or dispose of their patient’s controlled substances, and creates a process by which patients can request to not be prescribed an opioid drug.

“There is certainly more work to do concerning this continuing crisis, but this bill is one of a progressive number of measures that I expect to have a real impact in turning back the tide of opioid addiction and abuse,” added Wood.

The bill now heads to the State Senate for action there.  This session of the Connecticut General Assembly concludes at midnight, June 7th, 2017.