House panel advances Bellino bill to protect minors from opioid addiction

first_img Tags: Health Policy, Opioid 24May House panel advances Bellino bill to protect minors from opioid addiction Six-bill package receives unanimous, bipartisan supportState Rep. Joe Bellino’s legislation to help protect minors from opioid addition was approved today by the House Health Policy Committee with a show of unanimous, bipartisan support.Part of a six-bill package focused on combating the opioid drug epidemic, Bellino’s legislation requires medical professionals to consult with parents or guardians when an opioid-based medication may be prescribed to a minor under the age of 18.“Educating young people and their parents about the risks and potential for dependence when using opioid medications is vital to protecting children from the life-threatening ramifications of addiction,” said Bellino, who has been sober for more than 30 years after struggling with drug and alcohol addiction.Other bills in the package increase access to opioid addiction treatment, increase requirements on pain management facilities, allows pharmacists to refuse to fill a prescription under certain circumstances and requires the implementation of a school curriculum regarding the risks of prescription drug abuse.“The opioid epidemic continues to be a major concern in our state. It’s time for us to take a proactive approach to address the problem,” Bellino said. “Increasing education on the risks of opioid and prescription drug use will ensure Michigan residents are better equipped to make informed decisions about their health.”House Bills 4403-08 now move to the full House for consideration.###center_img Categories: Bellino Newslast_img

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