They aren’t doctors, just playing them in the Legislature

Lawmaker opposes limits on doctors’ opioid prescriptions; Ducey disagrees

By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services via Arizona Daily Star

A state lawmaker is declaring his own war against the governor’s war on opioids.

Rep. Jay Lawrence, a Scottsdale Republican, wants to make it illegal for any state or local government or agency to limit the amount of regulated painkillers that physicians can prescribe at any one time. He said that’s an issue best left to doctors and their patients.

The timing of his bill, HB 2030, comes as Gov. Doug Ducey prepares his own legislation — going in the opposite direction.

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