Arizona governor calls on Legislature to pass opioid plan

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, boosts pain clinic regulation and adds $10 million to help uninsured people get addiction treatment.

"We have faced these issues before as a nation and as a state. Whether it was crack cocaine or meth.. this epidemic is unique because it often starts at a doctor's office or from behind a pharmacy window," said Ducey.

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

Ducey declared the opioid crisis a public health emergency last year. We could see the Legislature pass the new measure in as little as three days.

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