“Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren and Congresswoman Katherine Clark teamed up with a couple of Republicans to introduce the Reducing Unused Medications Act, this week.
The bill would allow prescriptions for opioid medications to be partially filled by pharmacists at the request of patients or doctors, reducing the number of unused painkillers.
“Tackling the opioid abuse epidemic will be tough, but we can take an important step by reducing the number of pills in circulation. This bipartisan bill will empower patients and doctors to work together to determine appropriate pain treatment, while limiting the number of unused pills left in family medicine cabinets. It also gets the federal government out of the way and empowers states like Massachusetts to pursue additional prescribing policies that are the right local responses to this terrible crisis,” Sen. Warren said, in a statement.”
Source: ThePatch.com – February 26, 2016