Mich. House OKs Bill to Combat 'Doctor Shopping' by Opioid Addicts

A proposed law in Michigan aims to make it harder for addicts to go A proposed law in Michigan aims to make it harder for addicts to go  |  Photo: WDIO-TV file

December 13, 2017 04:51 PM

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Doctors will be required to check a prescription database before prescribing painkillers and other powerful drugs under legislation that has won final approval in Michigan's Legislature.

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The bill was passed Wednesday. Other bills winning passage would limit the amount of opioids that can be prescribed and require a "bona fide" physician-patient relationship to dispense drugs.

The measures are lawmakers' latest attempt to combat a deadly opioid epidemic in a state with the 10th-highest per-capita rate of opioid pain reliever prescriptions in the country.


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