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New opioid legislation in Massachusetts will focus on prescribing habits

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A new measure from Gov. Charlie Baker of Massachusetts seeks to prevent opioid abuse and overdoses by tightening opioid prescribing practices for physicians.

A new measure from Gov. Charlie Baker of Massachusetts seeks to prevent opioid abuse and overdoses by tightening opioid prescribing practices for physicians. The bill—which is set to be unveiled Thursday—will also expand a prescription monitoring program, boost opioid education in public schools, and increase hospitals' power to force treatment on substance abusers who are a threat to themselves or others. The number of unintentional opioid overdose deaths in Massachusetts has increased sharply in recent years, with an estimated 1,256 deaths in 2014.

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