Opioid legislation creating strain for Valley veterinarians, pets

Stricter dispensing rules have been implemented by veterinary pharmacies.
/John Tlumack/Globe

By Taylor Kinnerup | KTAR.com

Opioid legislation in Arizona may be having a negative effect on Arizona pets.

In June 2017, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey declared the high rates of opioid use and related deaths an epidemic. This led to the Arizona Opioid Epidemic Act, legislation that helped provide resources for those struggling with opioid addiction as well as create guidelines for opioid prescribers.

The legislation not only changed how doctors prescribe medication to human patients but also, how they prescribe opioids to their furry patients as well.


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