The Opioid Crisis has been at the forefront of issues in the political arena, and Florida has been one of the targets. In order to prevent people from getting addicted to powerful opioids, Florida Governor Rick Scott has just signed HB 21.
Senate House Speaker Richard Corcoran explains that the bill argues that “no longer will we prescribe just blanketly 30-day prescriptions. Now we’ll say it’s a three-day prescription, and then you have to come back and warrant (it). Is that an inconvenience? Yes. Is an inconvenience worth saving 50,000 lives nationwide? Absolutely.”
In Florida, in 2016, 1,390 deaths were attributed to fentanyl, 723 were attributed to oxycodone, 245 were attributed to hydrocodone among others. And, the bill calls for placing limits on prescriptions to treat acute pains. This means that doctors would be limited to writing prescriptions for three day supplies. They can also write prescriptions of controlled substances for seven day supplies.
Last year, a public health emergency was announced by the Governor, and Scott explained that he had “met a lot of families all across the state who are dealing with drug abuse. I have a family member that’s dealt with both alcoholism and drug abuse, and I can tell you it’s very difficult for a family.”