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NY Sets 7-day Limit On Initial Opioid Prescriptions


New York State is limiting opioid drug prescriptions to seven days of painkillers following a patient's initial visit to a doctor.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, signing the new law Wednesday, says his own daughter was prescribed a 30-day painkiller supply after having her tonsils out, far more than anyone needs for that procedure.

Other new measures require insurers to cover initial inpatient drug treatment without prior approval and extend from 48 to 72 hours the time someone can be held for emergency treatment.

The governor says another measure will add 2,500 addiction treatment slots statewide.

© 2016 AP

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