New Opioid Restrictions Proposed

(Phoenix, AZ)  Opioid overdose deaths in Arizona are at their highest point ever, claiming 790 lives last year.  Arizona's Director of Health Services, Dr. Cara Christ, believes some new regulations could help turn the tide.  She would like prescriptions limited to a five day supply for patients who've not taken opioids recently.  She says that could prevent people from becoming addicted.  Dr. Christ also recommends outlawing paper prescriptions for opioids.  She says electronic prescriptions have less chance of being tampered with.  She suggests putting a red cap on opioid bottles to remind patients this is not just another drug.  And she'd like to see the state’s “Good Samaritan” laws cover those who report apparent drug overdoses, even if they are also doing illegal drugs.