Pennsylvania Orthopaedic Society supports ending prescription pads to curb opioid epidemic: 3 takeaways

Written by Mackenzie Garrity | November 06, 2018 | Print  |

The Pennsylvania Orthopaedic Society is in favor of a state law that would prohibit paper opioid prescriptions, according to Penn Live.

Here are three takeaways:

1. Act 96, which Governor Tom Wolf is expected to sign, requires opioid prescriptions to be sent directly from a physician's office to a pharmacy, eliminating paper prescriptions and prescription pads.

2. The bill is designed to prevent illegal drug diversion and combat the opioid epidemic.

3. Between June 2017 and June 2018, eight drug arrests for illegal paper prescriptions were made in Pennsylvania, totaling more than 60,000 illegally diverted opioid prescriptions.

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