Opioid prescriptions restriction bill passes Public Health Committee

State Capitol building in Hartford. (File)

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — State lawmakers are working to fight Connecticut’s Heroin Crisis, moving to limit opioid prescriptions to just a seven days supply in an effort to halt the opioid epidemic.

Statistics are now showing that more than 50 percent of opioid and heroin addicts started when a friend gave them some left over pills.

The bill, which passed the Public Health Committee Monday, would also limit opioid prescriptions for minors to seven days with no renewals. A Guilford mother, whose son died of an overdose explained, how his addiction started when he was a 14 year old hockey player. “This is your face of addiction. His very first game, an upper classman tossed him a little white pill to help him relax. Nick must have liked the way it made him feel, because he later told us he never skated a high school game sober,” explained Sue Kruczek.

Connecticut would become the second state to impose the prescription limit for opioid drugs.

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