Governor Rick Scott has signed legislation to limit opioid prescriptions. Prescriptions for acute pain cases will receive up to a seven-day supply of opioid medication and enter the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program database. Rep. Jim Boyd (R-Bradenton) says this is only the beginning of a long battle.
“This is another step to curbing this epidemic. Sadly, I was telling the sheriff earlier, next year there there’ll probably be something else we’ll have to do, and those beyond us will be working on that. But, we’ve got to stay strong, we’ve got to continue the fight,” Jim Boyd says.
The bill defines acute pain as the normal, predicted, physiological, and time limited response to an adverse chemical, thermal, or mechanical stimulus associated with surgery, trauma, or acute illness.