Audio – Senator Keith Ingram Reporting News From 91st General Assembly
April 20th, 2017 • News
April 20, 2017- Senator Keith Ingram audio report of news from the 91st General Assembly.
In this week’s report:
- The number of accidental deaths due to drug overdoses has sky-rocketed in the past 15 years. This tragic increase has been caused in part by the widespread availability of powerful painkillers known as opioids.
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a federal agency that keeps track of drug overdoses, reports that 183,000 Americans have died from overdoses of prescription opioids since 1999.
In other words, the number of fatalities quadrupled over 16 years. During the same period of time, the sale of prescription opioids also quadrupled.
- That’s why the legislature passed Act 820 earlier this year. It imposes new requirements on physicians who prescribe painkillers such as opioids and will make current anti-drug programs more effective.
- Arkansas already had in place a Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, but there was no law in place that mandated that hospitals, clinics and physicians actually use it. Act 820 will require them to consult the information in the program’s database before prescribing painkillers and potentially addictive drugs.
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