Due to the significant increase in deaths from overdoses from Prescription Drugs, Massachusettes is bringing forward measures to halt this growing epidemic. The senate has passed a bill that will now be moving to the House, that will call for stricter guidelines for addictive drugs.:
[BOSTON , MA— The state Senate has approved a bill to try and help halt the epidemic of Prescription Pill Abuse. The bill will now be moved to the House, to get approval
The measure calls for stricter oversight of potentially addictive drugs — such as OxyContin and Vicodin — linked to thousands of deaths and tens of thousands of hospitalizations in Massachusetts.
The bill approved Thursday on a 36-0 vote would require all doctors who prescribe controlled substances to sign up for a state program that monitors and tracks the drugs. Participation is now voluntarily and officials say only a fraction of doctors have registered.
“We have been working as a committee on the Rx drug legislation to try to put more systems in place to try to address this problem that has become really severe,” said Rep. Liz Malia. “When you look at the number of deaths, it’s frightening.”