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Oklahoma considers new restrictions on opioids

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SHERMAN, Texas -- Between July 2016 to September 2017, opioid overdoses increased by 30 percent, according to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control.

Oklahoma lawmakers are hoping a bill can help reduce the number of opioid-related deaths.

"It can," said Sherman, Texas, pharmacist Steven Gordon. "It won't be a huge help, but any little bit helps."

Earlier this month, House Bill 2931 was introduced. This legislation would require an electronic prescription for any controlled substance.

"This helps prevent fraudulent scripts," Gordon said, adding that even more regulations are needed.

"The electronic prescriptions are definitely beneficial, but probably the biggest help would be requiring states to do the PMP [prescription monitoring program] checks, which Texas is already starting in, I believe, June, and Oklahoma hopefully -- if this passes -- will start soon, too," he said. 

PMP checks require both the pharmacist and provider to look up the patient's medication history before an addictive drug is dispensed.

"That would stop everything," Gordon said.

Oklahoma House Bill 2931 passed the full Oklahoma House by a 62-25 vote. It now now moves on to the Senate.

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