Senator Kolkhorst files legislation to address opioid epidemic

AUSTIN March 1, 2019 – Working with the Texas Attorney General’s office, Senator Lois W. Kolkhorst has filed SB 1233 to address and combat the growing rate of prescription drug abuse in Texas.

“In 2017, the opioid crisis was declared a National Public Health Emergency under federal law,” said Senator Kolkhorst. “The deaths and dangers from prescription drug abuse now rival the illegal drug trade. That’s why as Chair of the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services, I’ve filled this measure to save lives and make a difference in our communities. This is a bipartisan issue and my hope is that we work together to build a more safe and healthy state for all Texans.”

The legislation was written with the State Attorney General’s office, who has seen an increase in criminal activity stemming from the epidemic of opioid abuse. If passed, SB 1233 will amend the Texas Controlled Substances Act by defining “acute pain,” requiring prescriptions for controlled substances be communicated electronically and limiting the dispensing of schedule II, III or IV opioids to a seven day supply for initial treatment of “acute pain.” The legislation also calls for continuing education regarding opioid prescription dispensing and monitoring for all practitioners who are registered with the Board of Pharmacy for electronic access to the information.



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