Florida Rep. Jim Boyd, R-Bradenton, filed legislation Friday that echoed Gov. Rick Scott’s proposal last month to limit opioid prescriptions.
A similar bill was filed in the Florida Senate by Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto, R-Fort Myers.
On Sept. 26, Scott visited the Bradenton Police Department to suggest new legislation be brought to the next session, which included putting a three-day limit on prescribed opioids, creating a statewide database for healthcare professionals who prescribe medication.
HB 21 also gives a definition to “acute pain” and gives practice standards to address its treatment.
“The opioid crisis is one of the most horrific issues I’ve ever witnessed. It’s destroying our families and destroying our communities, but together we will prevail,” Boyd said in the press release from the governor’s office. “I’m honored to continue this fight against opioid abuse and thankful for such strong leadership from our Governor and Speaker in combating this epidemic.”
Scott had also proposed $50 million for the 2018-19 state budget to fight opioid abuse, which would be used to fund substance abuse treatment and recovery.
“We cannot be too cautious when it comes to helping families,” Scott said. “Whether it’s recovery from the devastation of Hurricane Irma, fighting against the Zika virus or combating the opioid epidemic — we will not stop providing Floridians every resource when they need it the most.”