State lawmakers will consider a suite of bills Tuesday aimed at fighting opioid addiction and overdose.
One bill would require emergency department staff to notify a patient’s emergency contact in the event of an overdose. That could be controversial because of patient privacy laws. Another bill that would require state certification for programs that deal with recovery from addiction – if they want state funding.
And there’s legislation that requires insurers to cover so-called abuse-deterrent formulations of prescription painkillers to keep people from crushing pills and injecting the medication. Finally, lawmakers want to limit emergency rooms to prescribing only three days’ worth of addictive prescription opioids, like OxyContin.
Rhode Island’s opioid overdose crisis continues unabated – with more deaths from heroin and fentanyl in the past couple of years.