Massachusetts House Set to Debate Substance Abuse Bill

State House - 2BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts House lawmakers are set to vote on a bill this week aimed at addressing the state’s opioid abuse troubles.

Democratic House Speaker Robert DeLeo said Monday that the chamber will debate the measure Wednesday. He says he hopes to work with Senate lawmakers to get a final bill to Gov. Charlie Baker as soon as possible.

The House bill would limit initial opiate painkiller prescriptions to a seven-day supply and set an evaluation requirement for overdose victims who seek help at emergency rooms.

The bill doesn’t go as far as one proposed by Baker, which would let doctors commit a person involuntarily to a drug treatment facility for up to 72 hours if they’re considered an immediate danger to themselves or others.

The Senate has already passed a version of the bill.

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