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Texas lawmakers limit opioid prescriptions for acute pain patients

Texas lawmakers last month gave final approval to a bill that will limit opioid prescriptions for acute pain to a 10-day supply, one of several measures passed this session aimed at tackling the state’s opioid overdose crisis.

House Bill 2174 now goes to Gov. Greg Abbott’s desk to be signed into law. He has until June 16 to do so or otherwise veto it.

The legislation, authored by Rep. John Zerwas, R-Katy, also requires that all opioid prescriptions be sent to pharmacies electronically to cut down on the number of fraudulent written prescriptions.

Zerwas said the two measures would help address prescription opioid misuse in Texas. He said the less time people are on the medication, the less likely they are to become addicted. The legislation also seeks to reduce the amount of leftover medication, which could be taken by someone else or diverted for illegal use, he said.

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