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Editor's Note: The State of Ohio just joined with Mississippi and two counties in West Virginia is suing pharma manufacturers for their roles in fueling the opioid crisis.
Almost every day there is a story in the news about how opioid addiction has destroyed lives and families in our country. In Connecticut in 2016, more than 900 people succumbed to their addiction, dying from some type of drug overdose.
No drug addiction seems to have ravaged our society quite like opioids. Victims have been upstanding members of the community like all-star college and high school athletes, devoted mothers and fathers, and even loving grandparents. And often, the addiction starts when opioids are prescribed after a surgery or injury, exposing people who would never consider using drugs to a powerful narcotic.
A bill on the State Senate calendar that I anticipate voting on in the next few days is HB 7052, An Act Preventing Prescription Opioid Diversion And Abuse. This bill seeks to address addiction before it starts by requiring the recording and monitoring of prescriptions for controlled substances. Under the bill, the Department of Consumer Protection would monitor these prescriptions and have the ability to share some of that information with other state agencies for studies involving drug abuse. This helps DCP recognize and prevent improper or illegal drug use or improper prescribing.
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