Rhode Island approves opioid warning signs at pharmacies

June 27, 2019

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island lawmakers have approved legislation that requires signs at all pharmacies to warn customers about the dangers of opioids.

The signs would be similar to warning signs at stores about tobacco products. The bill, passed Wednesday, heads to Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo’s desk.

Raimondo’s spokesman says the governor hasn’t reviewed the specifics yet, but supports the intent.

If signed, it would take effect Sept. 1.

The legislation would require the health department to compile a list of the 10 most commonly prescribed drugs containing opioids or certain other controlled substances and distribute it to the Board of Pharmacy. That board would then distribute the list to every Rhode Island pharmacy, to be posted near where prescriptions are filled.

Pharmacists would also have to inform patients about their option to partially fill their prescription.

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