HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) — Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has signed into law a package of bills aimed to battle the state’s heroin and opioid crisis.
Governor Wolf says all five of the bills he signed Wednesday are important in tackling the opioid epidemic. But he says one thing that is perhaps most important of all is something that can’t be legislated: that is overcoming the stigma of addiction.READ MORE: Red Cross Dealing With Emergency Shortages In Blood Inventory Due To People Working, COVID Surges
“We’re losing so many people to this disease, and we cannot afford to have stigma stand in the way of treatment, of facing up to the reality,” the governor said. “We have a lot of work to do, and stigma is the number one priority.”READ MORE: 'I'm Angry, I'm Frustrated': City Leaders React As Philadelphia Surpasses 400 Homicides In 2021
Among the bills signed by the governor are measures that would limit opioid prescriptions to minors, and would prohibit emergency rooms and urgent care centers from prescribing a supply of opioid medications lasting more than seven days.MORE NEWS: Philadelphia High School Football Player Ivan Hicks Died From Cardiovascular Disease During July Scrimmage, Coroner Says
Another bill signed into law would require physicians to check a state prescription drug monitoring database every time they prescribe opioid and benzodiazepine drugs.