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Gov. Wolf urges fast action on opioid addiction bills

Written by The Associated Press | Sep 28, 2016 6:15 AM
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Gov. Tom Wolf, center, delivers his budget address for the 2016-17 fiscal year to a joint session of the Pennsylvania House and Senate, as the speaker of the state House of Representatives, state Rep. Mike Turzai, R-Allegheny, left, and Lt. Gov. Mike Stack, right, listen at the State Capitol in Harrisburg Pa., Tuesday Feb. 9, 2016.



(Harrisburg) --  Governor Tom Wolf plans to address a joint session of the state House and Senate as he presses for action on a package of legislation designed to combat opioid and heroin addiction.

Wolf's address today comes as lawmakers' fall voting session winds down.

He says lawmakers can't afford to stall with 10 people a day dying from drug overdoses in Pennsylvania.

The governor is seeking passage of bills to require prescribers to check a prescription drug monitoring database every time they prescribe opioids and limit the opioid quantities that emergency room doctors can prescribe to seven days.

Wolf says he doesn't know whether either provision can pass the Legislature.

The limitation on emergency prescriptions is a narrower version of what passed in Massachusetts, where lawmakers limited all doctors to a seven-day limit.

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