Could Minnesota soon limit the supply of prescription opioids?

January 15, 2019 06:24 PM

Changes could be coming regarding the way prescription opioids are handed out. Many states restrict the supply doctors prescribe, from three to 14 days, and Minnesota may be moving in that direction.

Mike Dougherty welcomes the restrictions.

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A simple sprain playing flag football in college led to a prescription opioid for pain for Dougherty, and eventually seven years of addiction and abuse.

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"I think it definitely makes sense to have some limits like that, you just end up with people having mass quantities of narcotics they don't even need, they don't even want," Dougherty said.

"Having more pills like that leads to more opportunity for somebody to take those," he added.

Cody Wiberg is the Executive Director of the Minnesota Board of Pharmacy and he says Minnesota currently has a maximum four-day supply on opioids prescribed for dental or eye surgery pain, but that's it.

"A number of different states have passed some sort of quantity limits. It's more commonly seven days, but some states are even stricter," he said.


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In addition to supply limits, putting limits on the amount of time you have to fill a prescription could come up in the session.

Wiberg says it would take 30 days. If it's not filled in that time, it's no good. Wiberg also believes laws restricting opioid prescriptions will be discussed early and could gain traction throughout the session.

"There is not a more general thing that applies to use of opiods right now, and I do expect something like that will pass," Wiberg said.

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