Opioid Death Risks

FILE - This Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013 file photo shows pills of the painkiller hydrocodone at a pharmacy in Montpelier, Vt. Accidental overdoses aren't the only deadly risk from using powerful prescription painkillers _ the drugs may also contribute to heart-related deaths and other fatalities, according to research published Tuesday, June 14, 2016. "As bad as people think the problem of opioid use is, it's probably worse," said Wayne Ray, the lead author and a health policy professor at Vanderbilt University's medical school. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot) ORG XMIT: NY647

Louisiana patients who need short-term pain relief will soon stop receiving month-long prescriptions of highly addictive opioid drugs.

The House unanimously Thursday approved Rep. Helena Moreno's proposal to limit first-time prescriptions for acute pain to seven days. The limit is currently 30 days.

The bill, which doesn't apply to chronic conditions, heads to Gov. John Bel Edwards' desk. The governor supports the bill, which he hopes will help combat the country's opioid crisis.

Moreno says 30-day prescriptions are excessive and can lead to abuse.

The House also unanimously backed Sen. Fred Mills' proposal to strengthen a state prescription monitoring program so doctors could detect if a patient is "doctor-shopping" for pain pills. It returns to the Senate for consideration of changes.

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