McCabe Opioid Risk Bill Gets Hearing

The Washington State House Health Care and Wellness Committee heard testimony on a bill sponsored by 14th District Representative Gina McCabe to require doctors to warn patients about the risks of opioid use.  McCabe told the panel the bill is asking doctors to give patients a choice.  The bill, dubbed “Jeremy’s Law,” would require health care practitioners to discuss dependency and overdose risks as well as provide pain management alternatives to opioids when prescribing them to a patient for the first time.  The bill’s namesake, Jeremy Wolfe, testified in support of the bill.  Wolfe was 14 when he was first prescribed OxyContin and Vicodin for his knee injury, and then became addicted and eventually tried heroin, overdosing twice and nearly dying.  The bill has not yet been scheduled for a vote in the committee.

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