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Gov. Doug Ducey calls on Legislature to pass opioid plan

Posted at 11:50 AM, Jan 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-22 19:23:47-05

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has called the Legislature into a special session to enact a law he hopes will cut opioid overdose deaths.

The Republican was joined at a Monday news conference where he called the session by leaders of the Legislature from both parties.

Calling a special session highlights the urgency of the governor's call for the new law. It also means lawmakers could pass the measure in as little as three days with limited time for public comment.

Ducey's proposal bars doctors from prescribing more than an initial five-day supply of pain medication boost pain clinic regulation and adds $10 million to help uninsured people get addiction treatment.

Other provisions include new training requirements for doctors and arrest protection for people who call for help for an overdose.