Senate passes opioid training bill for prescribing doctors

If approved, prescribing doctors would have to take a three-hour course every two years on the dangers of addiction.

If approved, prescribing doctors would have to take a three-hour course every two years on the dangers of addiction. (6/9/15)

NEW YORK - The state Senate unanimously approved a bill Tuesday that would require anyone who can legally prescribe opioids to receive mandatory addiction training.

Doctors would receive three hours of training every two years.

The bill is on the "active list" for the state Assembly, meaning that it can be called for a debate and possibly voted on.

There is some strong opposition to the bill from the Medical Society of the State of New York. It says current laws are working, referring to the statewide database known as I-Stop, which tracks painkiller prescriptions.

According to the group, "The society is confident that I-Stop is working to effectively reduce opioid prescribing in New York state and that additional required training is unnecessary at this time."

The bill was supported Tuesday by the families of those who lost loved ones to opioid addiction.

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