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State doctor proposes regulations to combat opioid abuse, deaths

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By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services

The state’s top health official wants to limit how many pills with opiates patients can get at once, outlaw paper prescriptions for those drugs and outlaw doctors from giving out the drugs themselves.

And Dr. Cara Christ even wants opioid bottles to have a red cap to help educate patients that this isn’t just another drug.

Christ said Wednesday those steps are needed to combat a rising death rate from overdoses of the drug, both legal and otherwise. The director said she believes broad-based action is necessary, saying the problem has reached epidemic proportions.

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