PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - Last week, West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey presented legislation that tackles the opioid epidemic.
He recommends the adoption of a 3-day limit for all initial opioid prescriptions.
A local pharmacist hopes this could be a step in the right direction.
The 3-day prescribing limit applies to treating all forms of pain upon the initial visit.
The proposed legislation recognizes 3 days as the safest length for an opioid prescription.
The director of pharmacy at Camden Clark Medical Center, Mike Miller, says it's important the Attorney General is taking a stance against the epidemic.
He says if passed, the legislation will not affect those with chronic pain.
"You always have to exclue the chronic patients and the cancer patients the people that will take high dose opioids for a long time and they have a true reason to and this doesn't attack them at all this is totally separate from them so it's not really a hospital issue it's more of a physician office and a retail pharamacy issue."
The Attorney General says studies show increased usage of these opioids one year later, among patients who receive larger quanitites at the onset.