Gov. Scott Signs Legislation To Combat Opioid Epidemic

Florida Gov. Rick Scott is signing legislation that will aid in the state's fight against the opioid epidemic.

The Governor's office announced Sunday that Scott will sign the bill Monday. 

The opioids crisis — which claims the lives of at least 16 Sunshine State residents per day — was a top priority of the Republican governor and the Legislature.

The bill imposes new restrictions on prescriptions, calls for $53.5 million in state and federal grant funding for treatment programs and updates the state's prescription database.

Most initial prescriptions would have a limit of three days, but doctors could prescribe up to seven days for acute pain exceptions.

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