Education, opioids, gun rights, water and roads shaping up as hot legislative topics
By Howard | Fischer Capitol Media Services via Arizona Daily Star
While public education is expected to be the top issue when lawmakers return on Monday, a few other subjects are likely to command some attention.
Look for the governor to propose statutory limits on the amount of opioids doctors can prescribe.
Gov. Doug Ducey, facing what he last year declared to be a health-care emergency, already has laid the groundwork for what he wants. He ordered the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System, the state’s Medicaid program, to limit the number of days of opioids someone could receive. That’s based on conclusions by state Health Director Cara Christ that prescriptions for more than five days lead to a sharply higher risk of addiction.